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Jannik Sinner makes history with title in Antwerp

Jannik Sinner won more than a tennis tournament on Sunday in Antwerp. He won a piece of tennis history and showed how bright a future he has in the sport.

We shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves and make guarantees or far-reaching proclamations about the success of a young player. We have to let these stories evolve organically. What we can obviously say about Jannik Sinner, however, is that the future is filled with possibilities. There is a lot of potential here.

Sinner beat Diego Schwartzman convincingly — 2 and 2 — in the European Open final. This came after Sinner beat Lloyd Harris 2 and 2 in the semifinals on Saturday. Sinner won six of the last eight sets in this tournament by a 6-2 margin. He steamrolled the competition and was easily the best player at the event.

Moreover, with Hubert Hurkacz losing to Andy Murray on Monday in Vienna, Sinner now has an even better chance of qualifying for the ATP Finals, the tour’s year-end championship event, in his home country. Turin, Italy, is hosting the ATP Finals for the first time. Sinner would love to be there, and now he has a much better chance of reaching that goal.

Sinner is still a work in progress. He didn’t make much of a dent at the major tournaments this year. Only 20 years old, he has a lot of time and space in which to grow. Yet, the future is already very bright, and one fact drives that point home:

Sinner became the youngest ATP player with five tour-level titles since 19-year-old Novak Djokovic in 2007. That fact was provided by the ATP media relations desk. When an accomplishment puts an athlete in the same sentence as Novak Djokovic, that says it all.

We will see if Jannik Sinner uses 2022 as a year in which he emerges at the majors, but for now, five tour-level championships is a significant feat in its own right.

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