Sinner overpowered De Minaur for the Next Gen title in Milan with a 4-2, 4-1, 4-2 thrashing in the finals. Jannik Sinner – an eighteen years old – used his wild card entry into the event to not only win the title but also score his second top 20 win of the season. His first top 20 scalp of the season was Gael Monfils last month in Antwerp. Jannik, 95 in the ATP rankings, is the youngest player in top 100 at the moment.
Sinner overpowered De Minaur with aggression and powerful ground shots.
Jannik Sinner overpowered Alex De Minaur with powerful ground shots, strong serving, and big returns. The 18-year old’s mental strength helped him save all the break points he faced. Sinner’s heavy flat forehand and backhand down the line were very effective in winning points. His strong serving helped him take more risks – and barrel a few missiles past Alex – on the returns. The ATP’s Next Gen crown and $372,000 prize money was a big jump from the couple of ATP Challenger Tour titles Sinner had won this season.
“The week has been unbelievable. The crowd – you can hear them now. I’m very happy. I wouldn’t be here without the wild card, so thanks to everyone. I hope to be back here next year.”
Alex couldn’t out run the ball in the end.
Alex is ranked 18 and has been on a roll this season, winning his first three tour titles in Sydney, Atlanta, and Zhuhai. De Minaur also reached and lost the finals, of the Swiss Indoors in Basel, to Roger Federer. The in-form De Minaur, however; appeared completely stunned and incapable against the heavy artillery of the 18 years old Italian. De Minaur kept his unforced count low and didn’t offer too many opportunities to Sinner and, true to his style, ran around the court to return every ball that he could. He – unlike Nadal and Djokovic – however; couldn’t out run the ball in the end. Sinner created his own opportunities on the fast indoor surface in Milan.
What are Sinners prospects against the big boys in 2020?
Sinner, we believe, has an exciting and aggressive game with powerful ground-shots. He is solid from the baseline and, probably, as capable as Novak Djokovic at the net. For an eighteen years old, he showed tremendous mental strength against a crafty retriever who makes the opponent earn every point.
Jannik’s title, however; came on a fast indoor surface, whereas, over 99% of the events, including Wimbledon, are held on much slower surfaces. Will Sinner be able to deliver on the slower hard, clay, and grass conditions?
If Jannik plays as well as he can, then the next season promises to be an exciting one. But, we will not get ahead of ourselves, because the courts are designed for the retrievers, grinders, and super athletes like Nadal, Djokovic, and Djokovic’s clones like Chung, De Minaur, and others. It takes Roger like talent to make it big based on tennis talent alone. Is Jannik Sinner a powerful version of the Maestro? Now … won’t that be something!