Sunday on the court of the Lotto Arena, the 20-year-old Italian, 13th in the world and seeded No.1 in the Antwerp meeting, splashed the final with his talent. Sinner won a 6-2 double against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman (ATP 14 / N.2) after just 1h15 of play. It took a game for the transalpine prodigy, who fell into Schwartzman’s purse, to warm up. Sinner then showed the full extent of his talent by pulling off long line attacks and short cross shots to win five games in a row. Somewhat frustrated by his level of play, the right-hander from Buenos Aires tried to stop the bleeding, to no avail.
Passed through the locker room after the loss of the first set, Schwartzman, who had already lost twice in the final in Antwerp, started the second round very badly by conceding a white break. Out of first balls, the Argentine has never really seemed in rhythm. Especially since opposite, the beautiful Italian machine suffered almost no failure. This week in Antwerp, Sinner has not conceded any set and is asserting himself, week after week, as one of the future big names on the circuit.
Two years after having signed the first notorious performance of his career by reaching the last four of the Antwerp meeting in 2019, the native of Trentino-Alto Adige thus won his 5th title on the circuit, the 4th this season after Melbourne, Washington and Sofia.
Sinner, who succeeds the French Ugo Humbert, also pocketed 250 precious ATP points reserved for the winner, he who is still in contention for the Masters at the end of the season.
Schwartzman rave about Sinner: “Crazy how fast he’s improving”
Caramba, still missed. Diego Schwartzman (ATP 14) suffered a third loss in as many finals at the European Open. Beaten in 2016 and 2017 by the French Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, he could not do anything on Sunday against Jannik Sinner. Seeded N.1, the Italian played flamboyant tennis to win 6-2, 6-2. “I didn’t play my best tennis while my opponent did well,” the Buenos Aires right-hander said at a press conference. “Despite that, I might have played one of my best weeks in my career but today in the final I didn’t have a chance. Everything was not perfect in the final. He did everything better than me.”
The Argentine then praised his opponent. “Jannik played a very high level game. Congratulations to him,” conceded Schwartzman, a good-looking player. “Jannik is approaching the top level every year. He does almost everything perfectly on the court. If he continues like this, he will win a lot of titles. Next year will be important for him because he will have to beat the better to reach the top. He is only 20 years old but already has a very good career and won 4 titles this season. It’s crazy to see how fast he is improving. “
The Argentinian appreciates coming to Antwerp and has said he wants to come back to “have a new opportunity to win the title”. “The key to my game is to stay constant all year round. I have to win matches every week and play my best tennis,” said the one who spent only 15 days at his home in Argentina this year and who will head to Vienna on Monday.
Jannik Sinner after his triumph in Antwerp: “Proud of the level at which I have played”
(Belga) Jannik Sinner has been untouchable throughout the week, aligning four victories without losing a single set to win the sixth edition of the European Open, the ATP 250 tennis tournament in Antwerp. On Sunday, the 20-year-old Italian, 13th in the world, more than upheld his No.1 seed by beating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman (ATP 14 / No.2) whom he beat on a double 6 -2. “I think I can be proud of the level at which I have played,” said the right-hander from Trentino.
“I moved well, I felt really good. I also served better than in the semi-finals. I played very well throughout the tournament but you always have to be vigilant because in tennis, it’s different every day. “Sinner explained at a press conference. Never worried, he was able to annihilate every attempt by the Argentine in a one-sided final. “When you manage to break, you have to try to keep this advantage. I have done well in recent days,” added the Italian, who will head to Austria on Monday to play in the ATP 500 tournament in Vienna. . “After I won the tournament in Washington, I lost right away in Toronto. So I should improve that aspect, even if I will first take advantage of the moment and relax. It will be a different tournament and conditions. . ” This week in Antwerp, Sinner believes he “made the right decisions at the right time”. “I know I have to stay consistent and make the right move at the right time. It doesn’t always work, you have to accept it. Now I have to try to win more matches and find the solutions when things don’t turn out so well. although hoped for. ” While he readily admits to thinking about a future qualification for the end-of-season Masters, Sinner also insisted on the fact that he “loved playing tennis above all else”. “I would be lying if I said I didn’t think about Turin but once on the pitch you just think about the tactics and the next move,” he explained. “I am excited to take up this challenge (to go to the Finals, editor’s note) and I will give everything but it does not depend only on me. We will see,” said Sinner.
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Sinner easily dismisses Schwartzman and wins European Open