Carlos Alcaraz: ‘I’ll try not to do that next time’

It was his first time in the final and both Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz lived up to the hype. The two child prodigies put on a spectacular match and once again it was Italy that 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 annihilated his rival friend. He finished with the result of 6-7, 6-1, 6-1. For the fourth time, Alcaraz lost against an Italian, in his second consecutive final after the tie in Hamburg against Musetti. Jannik started very aggressive, but Alcaraz responded blow by blow and there was a great balance. The first games flowed quickly with the command of the serve. In the seventh game Jannik conceded something but is saved thanks to the first, the challenge flows quickly and the two do not want to concede anything to their opponents. Jannik serves well but two consecutive double faults take the game to the lead for the first time at 4-4. However, Sinner continued to attack with his first and saved himself without conceding any break points. He went into the tie-break with dominating serve and no break point on either side. The Spaniard picked up the pace and became unplayable, first with a winning response and then with a great exchange to put Carlos ahead and in the blink of an eye he was up 5-1. The Italian reacted magnificently, first making it 5-4 and then canceling a set point at 6-4. At 6-5 he served a great first serve but wasted it with a disaster at the net. The first set went to Alcaraz.

Carlos Alcaraz was defeated

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.”