The 10th-ranked Italian was playing his first final of the year and eighth overall, as he prevented the fifth-ranked Alcaraz from successfully defending his first ATP title
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Second-seeded Jannik Sinner rallied from a set down in the final of the Croatia Open to beat top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-1 for his sixth career ATP title. The 10th-ranked Italian was playing his first final of the year and eighth overall, as he prevented the fifth-ranked Alcaraz from successfully defending his first ATP title.
Sinner dominated after the 19-year-old Alcaraz prevailed in the first-set tiebreaker. "I am obviously very happy," Sinner said. "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 ... but I know that I still have a lot of things to improve."
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Sinner saved all nine break points he faced before converting his first match point to claim his first trophy on clay after he won all the previous ones at hard-court tournaments. The 20-year-old Sinner broke his opponent for the first time in the third game of the second set, a game after he saved six break points.
He improved his record against Alcaraz to 2-1.
It was the second straight final loss for Alcaraz after he was upset by Lorenzo Musetti in Hamburg last Sunday. Alcaraz played his tour-leading sixth final of the year. He has won five titles, four of them this year.
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