World No..10 Jannik Sinner couldn't hide his happiness after producing a major comeback against Marin Cilic at the Davis Cup Finals. Lorenzo Sonego suffered a shock loss to Borna Gojo in the opening rubber of the Italy and Croatia tie so the pressure was on Sinner to beat Cilic and help Italy stay in contention for the semifinal.
Sinner, who made his ATP Finals debut this month, recovered from a set and a break down to beat former world No. 3 Cilic 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-3. Sinner was twice down by a break in the second set and Cilic was even serving for the match in the 10th game.
"The most important thing is we’re still here. It’s an amazing feeling. I just tried to stay there somehow. It’s never easy breaking him when he’s serving for the match – he was twice a break up in the second set,” said Sinner after the win, per the Davis Cup Finals website.
Cilic spoke highly of Sinner before the match
"Jannik, at his age, is already in the top 10. He's playing very well, he's having a great season. He's just going to keep getting better and better. How far can he go? No one knows.
But he already has an incredible level. These days you have to play really well in Grand Slams and be consistent to be a world No. 3. When I was in this position I had played for 12 months in an extraordinary way," Cilic said.
Sinner showed great mental strength to recover and beat Cilic. Just a few days ago, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic said he sees some of his characteristics from his youth in Sinner. "Naturally, I somehow recognize parts of myself in someone, some characteristics that I had in my youth: confidence, self-belief, a great desire to win, passion and devotion for the sport.
I can see these in young (Carlos) Alcaraz, as well as in (Jannik) Sinner, and it was obvious in (Alexander) Zverev when he was coming up," Djokovic said.