“I’ll try not to do that next time”
It was his first time in the final and Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz lived up to the hype. The two child prodigies had a spectacular match and it was once again Italy who smiled. The Italian nightmare continues for Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner is the winner of the Umag tournament.
The Italian gave life to a spectacular match and won the Umag title, the sixth of his career and the first in 2022 (the first on clay). Sinner won in a comeback and wiped out his rival friend. He finished with the result of 6-7, 6-1, 6-1.
For the fourth time, Alcaraz lost to an Italian, in their second consecutive final after the draw in Hamburg against Musetti. Jannik started very aggressive, but Alcaraz responded blow by blow and there was good balance.
The first games followed quickly with the order of the service. In the seventh game Jannik conceded something but was saved thanks to the first, the challenge flowed quickly and the two did not want to concede anything to their opponents.
Jannik serves well but two consecutive double faults bring the game to the lead for the first time at 4-4. However, Sinner continued to attack with his first and ran away without conceding a break point. He entered the tiebreak with a dominant serve and no break points on either side.
The Spaniard picked up the pace and became unplayable, first with a winning response, then with a great rally to put Carlos ahead and in the blink of an eye he was leading 5-1. The Italian reacted magnificently, first bringing the score to 5-4 and then canceling a set point at 6-4.
At 6-5, he served a great first serve but spoiled it with a net disaster. The first set went to Alcaraz.
Carlos Alcaraz was beaten
Beaten in three sets in the Umag final, 7-6, 1-6, 1-6, Carlos Alcaraz literally cracked at the start of the second set.
After missing nine break points, he sank offering a tennis unworthy of his talent while at the same time Jannik Sinner found his marks. In a press conference, the Spaniard readily admitted having lost the thread of the match.
“I had a lot of chances and against players like Jannik, if you don’t take them it’s hard to beat him. After the first set he got better and I couldn’t find a way to serve well. There was a time when I did not know what to do or how to play him.
He started reacting and that was the key. I continued to miss and be less aggressive. I’ll try not to do that next time.”