World No. 15 Jannik Sinner celebrated a 20th birthday on Monday and clinched a win at the Cincinnati Masters. Sinner, seeded at No. 11, handed a 6-2 7-5 loss to experienced Argentine Federico Delbonis to progress into the Cincinnati second round.
After the match, Sinner insisted that Delbonis wasn't an easy opponent to play against. "For me the biggest present was playing in front of the crowd... and getting the win makes it perfect," Sinner said on Tennis Channel.
"Winning is the cherry on top. "Delbonis played well. He is a very tricky player, a lefty with a good serve. There are a couple of areas that I have to work on, but It was an important win for me."
Sinner managed to escape with a straight-set win
Sinner saved three break points in the second game, before claiming the first break of the match in the third game.
In the rest of the set, Sinner lost his serve once but claimed two more breaks to win the opener. Sinner then broke Delbonis in the first game of the second set but the Argentine broke back in the eighth game. However, Sinner kept his focus as he broke Delbonis again in the 11th game and served out for the match in the 12th game.
Sinner, who won Washington over a week ago, is now aiming to win back-to-back ATP titles. "I think there is still much work to do, to be honest. A lot of experience to put in, working hard as we are doing now, and trying to play important matches and important moments of a match," Sinner said after winning Washington.
"Today I think I had a lot of them. I can learn many things [from] today. "When you see somebody is the youngest or whatever, I don't put much weight on that. There are a lot of players who have done much, much better than me. It's not about who is the youngest or whatever. I just want to improve, work hard."