In 2020 the first ATP title in Bulgaria, now the target is the Nitto Atp Finals: “Every day I look at the trophy at home, it gives me a boost”. Mager ahead, tomorrow Musetti
It seems like a century has passed. Between closings, shifting dates, bills. But it was only a year ago, or rather less, when Jannik Sinner at the age of 19 raised his first career ATP trophy, in Sofia. Jannik’s run-up to the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin (November 14/21) starts from Bulgaria, which are there, so close but so far away.
Sinner is virtually number 10 in the FedEx Atp Race to Turin with 2255 points. Ahead of him are Felix Auger Aliassime, virtually ninth (Nadal still appears in seventh place, but has already announced that he will return in 2022) with a 70-point lead. Casper Ruud is in eighth place, while the victory of the Metz tournament has practically safe the presence of Hubert Hurkacz, the best friend of Jannik on the circuit and rival in the final of the Masters 1000 in Miami at the beginning of the season. Ruud and Aliassime remained in the United States where they participated in the Laver Cup, and where they will be involved in the San Diego tournament (like Fognini), on hard courts. Sinner instead chose the fast Bulgarian indoor, where he defends the title and therefore points. “The trophy is in my home in Munich – says Jannik -. I see it every time I go to train and when I come back. It gives me energy”. The charge that he will take on the field for the defense of the title in a place that he will always carry in his heart: “When you win the first title in a place, it is obvious that it becomes special. Last year was good and people gave me the loaded. I hope there will be some this year too “. At the moment the Covid rules do not provide for it, but it is likely that something could open up for the final stages of the tournament.
After that first time in Sofia there was another title in Melbourne at the beginning of the year and then at the ATP500 in Washington in the summer, just before the Us Open: “They are all beautiful and important, but the first is different. I almost didn’t realize it, then the next morning I woke up and saw the trophy, beautiful “. Last year he came from number 44 in the world, this year he is 14, who knows if the next one won’t come back to Sofia as number 4 … “Well, it’s fun to think about it, but the road to get this far is very very long!” .
The other blues
In Bulgaria there is also Lorenzo Musetti who instead runs for Milan and the ISP NextGen Finals after the difficulties of the summer between heart problems (broken) and a collapse of motivations. On the fast indoor Sofia he made his debut no earlier than 5 pm against the wild card of home Kuzmanov, number 226 in the world. Sinner instead starts directly on Wednesday from the second round, while Gianluca Mager has passed the first round against the French Mannarino 6-3 6-2.
September 27 – 21:50
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