Tennis

Pospisil falls short of capturing his 1st ATP Tour singles title

Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil has fallen one win short of capturing his first career ATP Tour title after dropping a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 decision to Italian Jannik Sinner, 19, in the final of the Sofia Open indoor hardcourt tournament on Saturday in Bulgaria.

Vancouver resident loses to 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner in Sofia Open final

Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver lost 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, to 19-year-old Jannik Sinner of Italy in the final of the Sofia Open indoor hardcourt tournament on Saturday. Both men were attempting to win their first ATP Tour singles title. (Nikolay Doychinov/AFP via Getty Images)

Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil has fallen one win short of capturing his first career ATP Tour title.

The 30-year-old Pospisil lost 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, to 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner in the final of the Sofia Open indoor hardcourt tournament on Saturday in Bulgaria.

Pospisil, ranked 74th in the world, had an 0-2 record in finals before Saturday's result at the ATP Tour 250 event.

He also advanced to the final of an indoor hardcourt tournament in Montpelier, France, in February.

WATCH | Pospisil misses chance to clinch 1st ATP title:

Sinner defeats Pospisil in Sofia Open final

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Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil misses a chance to clinch his 1st ATP title as he falls to 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) in the Sofia Open final. 2:08

"It was a great week, tough, tough one today, would have loved to have won obviously, but don't regret too much," Pospisil said. "Jannik was playing really well, I definitely had my chances, but it was a great week … I could have been out in the first round, so was fortunate to get through that one, and get myself a chance to win the tournament, which is all I can ask for."

Breakthrough year

It was the sixth loss in as many final appearances for Canadians on the ATP Tour this season.

Sinner, the world No. 44, has had a breakthrough year, becoming the youngest player to reach the French Open quarter-finals since 2011.

Sinner dictated rallies to earn an early break and won the first set on an ace. He started the second set with another break but lapsed into errors and Pospisil evened the set score. The deciding set was tight, and Sinner was decisive on serve returns for two mini breaks in the tiebreaker.

"I was trying to win every point and I was present and gave myself a good chance, and he's an incredible player, so there's no doubt you have to play some great tennis to beat Jannik," Pospisil said.

The Italian becomes the youngest player to win an ATP Tour title in 12 years.

WATCH | Vasek Pospisil advances to Sofia Open final:

Dominant 3rd set sends Pospisil into Sofia Open final

1 year ago
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Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil beat Richard Gasquet of France 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-0 to advance to the final of the Sofia Open where he will meet Italy's Jannik Sinner. 4:06

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