Sinner wins his first title on grass

Sinner wins his first title on grass
Sinner wins his first title on grass

The new world No. 1 Jannik Sinner won the first grass tournament of his career on Sunday in Halle, beating Hubert Hurkacz in the final in straight sets 7-6 (10/8), 7-6 (7/2), at a week of the start of Wimbledon.

This is the fourth trophy won this season by the 22-year-old Italian, after the Australian Open in January then Rotterdam and Miami.

Until now more comfortable on hard (12 of his 14 titles), he further broadens his range after reaching the semi-finals of Roland-Garros at the beginning of the month.

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A promising level of play before Wimbledon

In this final between big servers, everything was decided in the two decisive games, no break having been made before.

Sinner released the two or three shots needed to conclude a well-controlled match. Hurkacz, winner of the tournament in 2022, did have a set point in the tie-break of the first round, but the Italian put it away with a winning service.

On German grass, Sinner, who was playing his first tournament as world No. 1, needed time to adapt to the surface, after his good run in Paris (beaten in five sets in the semi-final by the future winner Carlos Alcaraz).

His level of play against Hurkacz, one of the most formidable servers on the circuit, allows him to aim for a first success at Wimbledon, where he lost in the semi-final against Novak Djokovic last year.

Sinner was particularly impressive on serve (10 aces, 44 points won out of 47 when his first ball passed, only one break point to save).

Hurkacz will pass him from 9e at 7e world place, the best of his career, and will be one of the outsiders in London.

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