Jannik Sinner equalizes his ATP Head2Head series against Karen Khachanov with 1: 1

Jannik Sinner ended his 2020 season by winning his first ATP Tour title.After a dramatic semi-final at the Great Ocean Road Open on Saturday, the # NextGenATP Italian is just one win away from starting his 2021 campaign in a similar way

The 19-year-old saved the match point with extensive aggression of 5: 6, 30: 40 in the playoff against Karen Khachanov with 7: 6 (4), 4: 6, 7: 6 (4) for three hours and seven minutes It was the second time in so many ATP Head2Head meetings between the two that a final tie was required. At last year’s US Open, Khachanov recovered from two sets, beating Sinner 6: 3, 7 in three hours and 44 minutes : 6 (7), 2: 6, 0: 6, 6: 7 (4)

“Lots of credit [goes to Khachanov] We also had a great fight at the US Open, 7-6 in the fifth. He’s a great player … and I’m very happy to be in the final,” Sinner said in an interview on the square

Sinner extends his unbeaten record on the ATP Tour to nine games.The world number 36 ended 2020 with five wins in a row on the way to the Sofia Trophy and this week in Melbourne it has four wins

For the third game in a row, Sinner had to save a set point in the first set Khachanov landed a strong second serve at 4-5, 30/40 to stay in the set and created a set point opportunity for his own two minutes later Games Sinner was quick to respond to a net cord, flicking a forehand winner to escape danger before taking the first set in a tie breaker, the # NextGenATP Italian returned with depth, extracting multiple forehand errors from his opponent, to win the set after 62 minutes

Sinner appeared to be nearing victory in the second set as he snapped a cross-court forehand winner to break the serve 3-3 but Khachanov reacted strongly when he served in back-to-back -Breaking back play with aggressive forehand play

Sinner opened the third set with two inspired forehand overtaking shots from low positions to gain a 1-0 advantage. The Sofia title list held its nerve to secure four breakpoints on the way to a 5-3 lead , but he couldn’t lead the match when Khachanov attacked Sinner’s backhand to extract mistakes

The momentum had shifted heavily in Khachanov’s favor and the Russian earned a match point at 5-6, 30/40. In an extensive rally, Sinner tore open a number of forehead areas to keep Khachanov on the run and ended the one Point with an overhead winner In the last set, Sinner took the win with the same tactics that he used behind his forehand to drive an overhead winner into the middle of the pitch

It is the latest success story in a remarkable week for Italian tennis. At the ATP Cup, Italy won three draws to reach the championship game. In the championship game, Sinner meets fellow countryman and first-time ATP Tour finalist Stefano Travaglia

“It’s great to see a lot of players for Italy, a lot of great players. I think everyone pushes each other a bit,” said Sinner. “Everyone plays very, very good tennis, everyone is different from a player, so I think it is great to see that there are quite a few players out there ”

Travaglia recovered from a slow start, beating Thiago Monteiro of Brazil 6-3, 6-4 in 86 minutes.It will be a moment for the Italian, almost 10 years after a freak accident in his family’s apartment in Ascoli Piceno Travaglia put on his flip-flops, fell down a flight of stairs, stuck his right arm through a glass window and severed an artery. He was taken to the hospital by his parents and his father suppressed the bleeding

Travaglia, who was outside the top 300 in the FedEx ATP rankings, told the New York Times in 2017: “My tennis career was of course over. But right now I think of my hand and arm – because it’s difficult without The Italian spent 18 days in the hospital after the operation and it was another eight months before he was able to hold a bat again

Four of Travaglia’s five wins this week at the Great Ocean Road Open, an ATP 250 tournament, were achieved in straight sets

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