Carlos Alcaraz lost for the second consecutive time to Jannik Sinner. The defeat, this time, came in the final at the ATP 250 tournament in Umag and saw him in great difficulty in the last two sets.
The Spaniard won the first set by playing the tie-break masterfully. After wasting six break points in the first game in response in the second half of the game, Alcaraz was no longer able to worry Sinner, who took off and left only one game per set to his opponent.
Starting from the round of 16 at Wimbledon, after 28 days, Alcaraz has had to surrender again to what could soon become his greatest rival. The 19-year-old from Murcia during the final awards ceremony explained:
“This is the second time you have beaten me this year, Jannik. I will find a way to beat Sinner! The level you have expressed this week is amazing, congratulations. You did a great job and I wish you good luck for the rest of the season.”
Alcaraz surrenders to Sinner: “I didn’t know what to do anymore”
In the press conference, Alcaraz subsequently analyzed the game very clearly and talked about his future: “Obviously, the game where I wasted six break points in the second set turned out to be the key to the match.
I have had many opportunities, but I have not converted them. If you don’t take your chances against a player like Jannik, it’s hard to win. After that game, he started responding well. He has responded well in the last two sets actually.
He started playing better and better and I didn’t know how to play against him anymore. I haven’t been able to find solutions after that game. Physical conditions? They didn’t record. I just didn’t know how to play him.
I haven’t been very aggressive, which is why I felt that way. He raised the bar and I made a lot of mistakes. I’ll try not to play like that next time. Obviously, I will try to take the positive things away with me. There are a lot of good things, but now I can’t tell you what they are. I’ll have to relax and do a reset.
Fourth place behind Nadal? It is special. Being number four in the world is incredible. There are big players above me like Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev. They fight to win Grand Slam tournaments. Before his ankle injury, Zverev was fighting to win Roland Garros.
Being part of this group and fighti.”