Jannik Sinner dominates in Antwerp to claim fifth ATP title
Jannik Sinner produced an excellent display to defeat Argentine Diego Schwartzman and win the European title in Antwerp.
The Italian sensation cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win in what was their first ever meeting on tour. Sinner dictated proccedings from the baseline, with quality, aggressive groundstrokes, backed up by a strong, consistent first serve. Sinner won 87% of first serve points and broke Schwartzman’s serve four times.
“Against Diego you have to play your best tennis. I tried to push the ball and I’m very happy about my level today,” Sinner said.
Schwartzman credited Sinner for ‘playing unbelievable’ and admitted he lost to the better player on the day.
He’s playing unbelievable,” Schwartzman said. “I mean, I was playing one of my best weeks in all of this year and today I had no chance. Since the beginning of the match he was playing and doing everything better than me so congratulations.’
“I know you’re going to have many more titles for sure.” he added.
Sinner did not drop a single set this week in Antwerp, defeating Lorenzo Musetti and Lloyd Harris with relative ease earlier in the week gave the youngster huge confidence going into today’s final.
As a result of his win, Sinner is close to sealing a spot in the season-ending ATP Finals. On Monday he will be in 11th place with 2845 points. However, Rafael Nadal, will not be playing due to injury. Only the eight highest-ranked players will qualify for the tournament.
Sinner will return to action next week in Vienna where he will play Reilly Opelka in the first round.
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