The title fight at the ATP 250 event in Umag witnessed a battle between the top 10 rivals and the future of our sport. Defending champion and top seed Carlos Alcaraz faced world no. 10 Jannik Sinner in the coveted final and the Italian came out on top.
Sinner defeated Alcaraz 6-7, 6-1, 6-1 in two hours and 25 minutes to claim his sixth ATP crown and first on clay. Jannik lost his first 13 encounters against top-5 opponents before recording his first win on Sunday night in Umag.
Alcaraz was 36-0 this year after winning the first set, but was unable to maintain a perfect score after completely losing ground in sets two and three. The Italian saved all nine break points and started all over again after the opening game to deliver five breaks and leave the Spaniard behind.
Carlos lost his second final in as many weeks after falling to another Italian, Lorenzo Musetti, in Hamburg last Sunday. Sinner forced Alcaraz’s fumble on the opening play of the matchup for possession in the 15th.
Jannik Sinner defeated Carlos Alcaraz in the Umag final.
Carlos held to 30 in game 2 to add his name to the scoreboard and tie the score at 2-2 with a serve winner in game four.
Jannik hammered home a forehand in the fifth game to hold at love for a 3-2 advantage before Carlos grabbed another for 3-3. The set went to a tie break and the Spaniard played well to take a 5-1 lead. Sinner came back to 4-5 and saved the first set point at 4-6 after a backhand error from Alacaraz.
The Spaniard took the second set in the 12th point, ending the opening match in over an hour. The Italian saved all eight break points in the second set and provided three breaks for 6:1 and a boost before the decider.
Sinner saved six break points in the second game, which could have been crucial if Alcaraz converted one. Jannik broke in the third game and saved two more break chances in the next game to make it 3-1. Alcaraz sprayed a drop shot error in the fifth game, lost serve and fell 4-1.
Jannik broke for the third time in a row at 5-1 with a deep return to wrap up the set and get a boost before the decider. At 1-1 in the final set, the Italian denied a break point and never looked back. He broke the Spaniard in the fourth game and held 4-1 at love in the next.
Carlos has lost strings in his games and suffered a fifth break in his last six service games, trailing 5-1. Jannik fired a service winner in the seventh game to celebrate his first ATP title on clay.