‘I’ll find out how to beat you this year’ Carlos Alcaraz loses his second straight final while Jannik Sinner tops in Umag » FirstSportz
Spanish teen sensation Carlo Alcaraz had to give up his Croatia Open title when the defending champion lost Jannik sinner in the final of 2022 Croatia Open. Sinner won the match 6-7(7) 6-1 6-1 to win his 6th career ATP title and first on Clay, as well as his first title for the season after winning 6th earlier this season had suffered consecutive defeats in the quarterfinals.
Alcaraz was also looking for his 6th ATP title and despite a string of good performances in Croatia, the teenager was unsuccessful in his first-ever title defense on the ATP Tour when his first ATP title ever came 2021 Croatia Open when he defeated the French veteran Richard Gasquet in straight sets to become the youngest Tour champion since Kei Nishikori in 2008.
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“Amazing run this week”: Carlos Alcaraz
This was Alcaraz’s second consecutive defeat in a final, also in consecutive weeks after finishing second in the final 2022 Hamburg European Open where he was defeated in 3 sets Lorenzo Musetti. Before the final in Hamburg, Alcaraz was 5-0 in the tour final and since then he is now 0-2 in the tour final. Still, Alcaraz was merciful in the loss and didn’t throw a tantrum after losing the final to Sinner.
“Jannik, if you beat me for the second time this year, I’ll figure out how to beat you this year. Of course, great run this week, great level you played, great team, great workers, nice person so I will congratulate you on everything and wish you all the best for this year.” said Alcaraz after receiving his trophy for second place.
Sinner’s victory in Umag was his second win against the Spaniard this month, having previously defeated him in the 4th round of the tournament Wimbledon Championships 2022 and now leads him 2:1 in a direct duel. With the two youngsters putting on a great finale, it’s safe to assume that a new battle will begin on the tour.
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