Jannik Sinner has done it again – and put the Spanish young star Carlos Alcaraz in his place. The South Tyrolean won the “teen final” in Umag, Croatia, in three sets.
Jannik Sinner won the duel of tennis young stars against Carlos Alcaraz in the final of the ATP tournament in Umag. The Italian got off to the worse start against his one-year-younger opponent in Croatia, losing set one in a tie-break – but then turned up the heat.
Sets two and three were clear-cut for Sinner, who curiously had to fend off break points at the beginning of both sets. In the end, however, the 20-year-old won 6-7, 6-1, 6-1 and celebrated his sixth career title, the first in 2022 and the first ever on clay.
Alacaraz loses second final in a week
Alcaraz, who had lost to Lorenzo Musetti from Italy in the final in Hamburg the previous week, missed his fifth tournament win this year, in which he made his breakthrough on the big stage and is already considered by some experts to be the legitimate successor to Rafael Nadal, who will be third in the world rankings from Monday, just one place ahead of Alcaraz.
As brilliant as Alcaraz has played so far, Sinner does not seem to suit him. The South Tyrolean had already triumphed over the Spaniard in four sets in the Wimbledon round of 16 (6:1, 6:4, 6:7, 6:3). He is ranked 10th in the world.