Vancouver’s Wasek Pospisil failed to win his first career ATP Tour title.
The 30-year-old Pospisil lost 6-6, 3-6, 7-6 to 19-year-old Italian Janic Sinner in the final of the Sofia Open Indoor Hard Court Tournament in Bulgaria on Saturday.
Prior to Saturday’s result in the ATP Tour 250 event, Pospisil had a 0-2 record in the 74th ranked finals in the world.
He also advanced to the finals of the indoor hard court tournament in Montpellier, France in February.
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“It was a great week, a tough, tough day, clearly likeable for winning, but not very sorry,” Pospisil said. “Janick is playing very well, I’ll definitely have my chances, but it’s been a great week … I was able to stay in the first round, so I’m lucky to go through that, and I’ll have a chance to win the tournament, which’s all I could ask.
This is the sixth defeat seen for Canadians on the ATP Tour this season.
Sinner, ranked 44th in the world, is the youngest person to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open since 2011.
Sinner directed rallies to earn an early break and won the first set at Ace. He started the second set with another break, but fell short and equalized the Pospisil set score. The decisive set was tight, and Sinner was decisive on serve returns for two short breaks in the tiebreaker.
“I was trying to win every point and I attended and gave me a good chance, and he was an incredible player, so there is no doubt in the charm that you have to play some great tennis to beat Janick,” Pospisil said.
Italian is the youngest player to win an ATP Tour title in 12 years.
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