The title clash at the ATP 250 event in Umag is a battle between top-10 rivals and the future of our sport. Reigning champion and top seed Carlos Alcaraz faced world no. 10 Jannik Sinner in the desired final stage, and the Italian emerged on top.
Siner beat Alcaraz 6-7, 6-1, 6-1 in two hours and 25 minutes for his sixth ATP crown and first on clay. Jannik dropped his first 13 matches against top-5 opponents before picking up his first win in Umag on Sunday night.
Alcaraz was 36-0 this year after winning the first set, but suffered losses in sets two and three and was unable to record a perfect score. The Italian fended off nine break points to make it five breaks after the opening set and leave the Spaniard behind.
Carlos lost his second final in as many weeks, falling to fellow Italian Lorenzo Musetti in Hamburg last Sunday. Sinner forced an Alcaraz error on the opening play of the game at 15.
Jannik Sinner defeated Carlos Alcaraz in the Umag final.
Carlos stayed at 30 in game two to add his name to the scoreboard and level the score at 2-2 with a service winner in game four.
Jannik hammered a forehand in game five for a 3-2 advantage before Carlos held the next one for 3-3. The team entered the final and the Spaniard opened a 5-1 lead. Sinner gets back to 4-5 and saves the first point 4-6 after an Alacaraz backhand error.
The Spaniard grabbed his second point in the 12th to wrap up the opening over an hour. The Italian won all eight break points in the second set to take three breaks for 6-1 and a boost ahead of the decider.
Siner Alcaraz saved six timeouts in what could have been a crucial second game, converting none of them. Jannik broke in game three and fended off two more break opportunities to make it 3-1. Alcaraz sputtered a drop shot error in the 5th game to serve at love and fall behind 4-1.
Jannik came back from 5-1 down in the third straight break to wrap up the set and gain momentum ahead of the decider. The Italian denied a break point in the final set at 1-1 and never looked back. He broke the Spaniard in the fourth game and held it at love for 4-1 in the next game.
Carlos lost a tie in his next game and trailed 5-1, facing his fifth break in his last 6 service games. Jannik fired a service winner in game seven and celebrated his first clay court ATP title.