ATP Finals, Jannik Sinner gets off to a strong start: beats Stefanos Tsitsipas
The ATP Finals begin well for Jannik Sinner
With a few minutes delay due to a freak presentation, Jannik Sinner and Stefanos Tsitsipas took the court and opened the Nitto ATP Finals 2023. Despite the physical troubles that had been talked about on the eve of the event, the Greek did not seem to experience any particular problems, easily holding his first two tournaments. So does the Blue, who è the first to get to break ball in the fifth game of the match, immediately materialized with great pressure from the back.
Shortly thereafter Jannik confirmed the’stretch, went up 4-2 and with great maturity kept the lead until the end of the set, filed with the score of 6-4 after 40 minutes. Great performance on serve for Sinner, who already puts 5 aces and wins 16 out of 19 points with the first serve. In the second partial Jannik starts to loosen up, manages to win a crucial game at the start (lasting 12 points, the longest of the match) and take an immediate lead in the score. The world No. 4 confirms to zero the break he got, goes up to 2-0 and even gives the impression that he can do even more, but today against this Tsitsipas even a not excellent version in all aspects is enough.
What, on the other hand, è definitely excellent è the performance with the serve, a shot that has improved tremendously over the course of this season. 9 aces, 89% of points won with the first and zero break balls conceded are just some of the most striking data of this first match of the ATP Finals 2023, dominated by Sinner even more than the score says.
Jannik triumphs 6-4, 6-4 after less than an hour and a half and immediately puts pressure on Novak Djokovic and Holger Rune, the other two group opponents.