The top-10 adversaries and the future of our sport squared off in the title match at the ATP 250 event in Umag. In the anticipated final, world no. 10 Jannik Sinner faced defending champion and top seed Carlos Alcaraz, and the Italian won.
Sinner won his sixth ATP title and first on clay in two hours and 25 minutes by defeating Alcaraz 6-7, 6-1, 6-1. Prior to his first victory on Sunday night in Umag, Jannik lost his previous 13 matches against the top-5 competitors.
Alcaraz started the year 36-0 after winning the first set, but he was unable to maintain the record after utterly losing ground in sets two and three. After saving all nine break points, the Italian regrouped and scored five breaks to pull ahead of the Spaniard.
After losing in Hamburg last Sunday to another Italian, Lorenzo Musetti, Carlos lost the second final in as many weeks. In the first game of the match, Sinner forced Alcaraz‘s error in order to hold at 15.
Carlos Alcaraz was defeated by Jannik Sinner in the Umag final.
Carlos added a point to the scoreboard in game two by holding at 30 and leveled the score at 2-2 in game four with a service victory.
In game five, Jannik pounded his forehand to hold at love and give himself a 3-2 lead before Carlos won the following point to tie the match at three. The Spaniard performed superbly to take a 5-1 lead in the tie break of the set. After Alacaraz’s backhand error, Sinner moved back to 4-5 and saved the first set point at 4-6.
The Spaniard won the opening game in more than an hour after taking advantage of the second set point in the 12th point. In the second set, the Italian saved all eight break points and scored three breaks for a 6-1 lead and a boost going into the decider.
In the second game, Sinner guarded six break points that, had Alcaraz scored any of them, could have been very important. For a score of 3-1, Jannik broke in game three and stopped two additional break attempts in game four. In game five, Alcaraz sprayed a drop shot error, losing serve with a score of 4-1.
At 5-1, Jannik broke for the third time in a row with a powerful return to win the set and gain momentum going into the deciding. At 1-1 in the final set, the Italian saved a break point and never looked back. In game four, he defeated the Spaniard, and in game five, he held for a 4-1 victory.
Carlos fell behind 5-1 after losing the strings in his games and breaking for the fifth time in the past six service games. In game seven, Jannik hit a serve winner to win his first ATP match on clay.