Jannik Sinner reflects after defeating Jaume Munar in a challenging Umag debut.

10 in the world In Umag, Jannik Sinner acknowledged that Jaume Munar was a very challenging opponent, but he was pleased that he was able to win the match in straight sets. Sinner, the second-seeded player in the Umag main draw, defeated Munar 6-4, 6-4 to begin his campaign in the clay-court competition in Croatia.

Sinner, 20, was competing in his first competition since losing to Novak Djokovic at the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Sinner, according to the ATP website, remarked after the match, “It was incredibly tough at the finish, but I’m glad that I am into the next round.”

“It’s never simple to return after a period of not participating in a match. I was aware of the difficulty. I was tense at first and a little bit at the conclusion. But it’s a step in the right direction, and I’m confident that I can perform better in the next game.”

Munar was defeated by Sinner in two sets.

Munar was broken by Sinner in the match’s opening game, but he was then broken again in the following game. Sinner had a chance to break Munar again in the third game after blowing the break he gained in the first game, but he missed both of his break opportunities.

Sinner may have squandered two break points in the third game and blown an early break, but he remained focused and broke Munar once more for a 5-4 advantage in the ninth game. Sinner consistently served out for the opening set in the tenth game when he reached his first set point.

Sinner took a 2-1 lead in the second set after breaking Munar in the third game of the first set. In the fourth game, Munar broke Sinner back, but Sinner broke once more in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. The Italian triumphed in straight sets to advance to a quarterfinal matchup with Roberto Carballes Baena in the tenth game, during which Sinner was serving to stay in the match. Munar saved five match points but failed to save the sixth.