Carlos Alcaraz: ‘I couldn’t find a way to…’

Jannik Sinner prevailed in the Umag final by beating Carlos Alcaraz in a comeback and legitimizing his status as the Golden Boy of world tennis. It was Jannik’s second victory in as few weeks over Carlos, this time on clay following his success on grass at Wimbledon. He was a Sinner who showed great signs of growth, in his serve, in his shots and in his personality, reacting after losing a heart-stopping first set. Trailing 1-0 and 0-40 in the second set, many would have given up, but Jannik reacted in fearsome fashion, dropping just one game in the remainder of the match against a resigned Carlos. Sinner showed that he can compete on any surface and today he beat one of the strongest tennis players in the world, number 4 on the circuit. For the Italian it was the first win of his career over a Top 5 player. And to say that the situation in the first set seemed very complicated. Sinner played well from the start, but Alcaraz took it all and with a splendid tiebreak won the first set. The challenge seemed to have taken a definite direction, but then things changed and Jannik gained the confidence to destroy his opponent’s certainties and take the victory. Sinner and Alcaraz have faced each other three times and on three different surfaces of the major circuit, on clay and grass Jannik has won, while only on Bercy cement has the Spanish been the one who has won. During the award ceremony by the Croatian organizers, the Italian number one made some interesting remarks and spoke of the match like this: “Well, good evening everyone, first of all Carlos, every week that passes you just get better We have had a great game. Congratulations to your team, thanks to my team, in this 2022 we have had some moments of bad luck and I thank you for being by my side. I hope to do well now in the American season, I want to thank everyone from the tournament management to the ball boys.”

Alcaraz comments on his performance

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 that he had 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 didn’t know what to do or how to get him to play. He started reacting and that was the key. I kept missing and being less aggressive. I’ll try not to do that next time.”