Like a hurricane. Jannik Sinner, 13th in the world, won his fourth title of the season and the fifth of his career in Antwerp on Sunday, winning in the final against Diego Schwartzman (14th), 6-2, 6-2. The Italian was playing in Belgium his 5th final this season and the 6th of his career, and so far only one, at the Masters 1000 in Miami this year, has not ended with a victory. Since January, the student of Riccardo Piatti had already won in Washington, Melbourne and Sofia, at the beginning of the month.
In this final which opposed the seeds N.1 and N.2 of the tournament, it is the more senior of the two players who thus prevailed. The 20-year-old Italian, who has not lost a single set during his Belgian week, was once again ruthless, playing his impeccable serve (8 aces, 77% of the points won on his faceoff) and also good forehand acceleration to dominate Schwartzman in just 1h16.
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The young Italian is thus repositioning himself in the race for qualification for the Masters: the young hope of transalpine tennis will take 11th place in the world at the ATP on Monday, his best ranking to date, and will be 10th in the Race, increasing his chances. to participate in the end-of-year high mass in Turin (14-21 November) which will bring together the eight best players in the world.
Knowing that Rafael Nadal (5th in the world and 8th in the Race) has already ended his season, Sinner, already crowned in 2019 at the Masters Next Gen and guaranteed to participate in the next edition in Milan from November 9 to 13 , will therefore have a card to play during the ATP 500 in Vienna, where he is entered next week, and the Masters 1000 in Paris.
With this 5th career title, he is the youngest, at the height of his 20 years, to have won so many trophies since Novak Djokovic in 2007. And it is probably not over.
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