World No. 10 Jannik Sinner said saving six break points early in the second set was the turning point of his Umag final victory versus Carlos Alcaraz.
On Sunday, Sinner defeated Alcaraz 6-7 (5) 6-1 6-1 to lift his first Umag title.
In the second game of the second set, Alcaraz had six break points – which could have given him a 2-0 lead – but Sinner saved them all and that was the start of the Italian’s big comeback.
“That was a crucial point [of the match],” Sinner said of saving six break points early in the second set, per the ATP website. “I knew I had to stay there. He made some unforced errors, and I was very happy that I won this game. Then I returned well and raised my level a little bit, and I think I found a solution then.”
Sinner wins his first title in 2022
“I am obviously very happy,” Sinner admitted after winning the title. “I have [had] a tough year until now, I had some unfortunate moments, but we worked every time to play better, to be a better player, to be a better person. So, I’m very happy to be finally lifting a trophy this year, but I know that I still have a lot of things to improve. It’s all about the process.”
Prior to Umag, Sinner had been yet to reach a semifinal this year.
In Umag, Sinner delivered a good week of tennis as he dropped only one set en route to winning the title.
Now, Sinner will focus on preparing for the North American hard court swing.
Sinner is expected to kick off his summer on hard courts next week at the Montreal Masters.
Returning to clay after Wimbledon proved to be a good decision for Sinner, who is now certainly feeling more confident after winning his first title of the year.
It remains to be seen how will Sinner do on hard courts this summer.