Sinner beats De Minaur to scoop 1st ATP title

Sinner beats De Minaur to scoop 1st ATP title
Jannik Sinner of Italy celebrates a winning point during the ATP Next Gen tennis tournament final match against Alex De Minaur of Australia, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

MILAN (AP) — Italian teenager Jannik Sinner beat top-seeded Alex de Minaur in straight sets at the Next Gen Finals on Saturday to claim his first ATP title — and a big payday.

Wild card Sinner triumphed 4-2, 4-1, 4-2 in the final, serving out to love and clinching victory when De Minaur hit a return into the net.

It was a second successive runner-up finish for De Minaur, at the season-ending tournament for top under-21 players.

The title caps a fantastic season for the 18-year-old Sinner who opened the year at No. 551 but is now the youngest player inside the Top 300, having risen to No. 95.

Sinner picked up $372,000 from this week’s tournament, surpassing his career total before arriving in Milan.

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