Sinar beats Alcaraz again to win Croatia Open title

Janic Sinar posted his second major win over Carlos Alcaraz in July as he overcame the Spanish teenager in the final of the Croatia Open on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Italian won his sixth career title on the ATP Tour and not his first on hard court, defeating Alcaraz 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 6-1 on clay at the Goran Ivanisevic Stadium in Umag. ,

Victory improved Sinar’s win-loss record against Spanish players to 8-0 in 2022 and gave him his first trophy of the year. It was Alcaraz’s 100th match of his career at the ATP level but it didn’t go as planned.

A winning sinner told Tennis TV: “I’m obviously very happy. I’ve come through a tough year so far. We’ve had some unfortunate moments, but every time we try to play better, be a better player, be a better person.” So, I’m very happy to finally win the trophy this year, but I know I still have a lot to improve on.”

Alcaraz, who lost to Sinar’s compatriot Lorenzo Musetti in the Hamburg European Open final last week, had six break points in the second game of the second set, but failed to break through and fell.

Sinner said: “He made some unforced errors, and I was so happy I won this game. Then I came back well and raised my level a little bit, and I think I found a solution.”

Alcaraz was trying to become the first player after Carlos Moya (2001–03) to win the title in consecutive years, but was unsuccessful. He added that he has to “keep working hard to win the tournament” and lauded Sinner’s “amazing level” throughout the week.

The 19-year-old will break into the ATP top four for the first time on Monday, but he will be wary that the sinners are currently holding onto him.

His Wimbledon match on 3 July went to Sinner in four sets.

Small consolation for Alcaraz may come in the fact that he has won a set, meaning he has done so in all 49 matches he has played this year, the last time he lost in straight sets at the Paris Masters last year. Hugo was defeated by Gaston.