Italian teenager Jannik Sinner beat compatriot Stefano Travaglia 7-6(4) 6-4 in the Great Ocean Road Open final on Sunday, becoming the youngest player to have won two ATP titles since Novak Djokovic in 2006.
The 19-year-old, who won the Sofia Open at the end of last year, came through a marathon contest against Karen Khachanov in the previous round of the Australian Open warm-up and made a slow start to the final, having to wrestle back a break of serve in the opening set before taking it in a tiebreak.
Sinner twice led by a break in the second set but failed to drive home his advantage, allowing Travaglia to stick around in the contest.
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But a third break at 4-4 put Sinner in position to serve for the match and he sealed his second career title when Travaglia dumped a forehand into the net.
"Yesterday I had a tough match against Karen, so today I'm very happy with my performance," he said. "Sometimes you feel a bit tired, and for me that was in the second set.
"But you have to find a solution, which I've done today, and for that I'm very proud."
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Sinner opens his Australian Open campaign against 11th seed Denis Shapovalov on Monday and the Italian expects another tight contest.
"It's going to be a tough match for sure against Denis. It's going to be an interesting one, we are both very young players, and I'm just excited," he said.
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