World no. 4 Jannik Sinner will not seek his second title in Antwerp next week. Jannik experienced the fourth-round loss to Ben Shelton in Shanghai, playing enough tennis in the previous two weeks and deciding to rest his body ahead of Vienna.
Jannik secured his third title of the season at the ATP 500 event in Beijing, defeating Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev and entering the top-4 with those points. Seeking another crown in Shanghai, the Italian passed two rivals before falling to Ben Shelton 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 in two and a half hours.
Jannik made a reliable start before getting broken once in the second set. Shelton took charge in the decider, creating eight break chances and missing them to keep Sinner in contention. The American denied two break points in the final set's eighth game and prevailed in the tie break 7-5 to advance into his first Masters 1000 quarter-final.
Jannik did not feel well in the previous weeks, struggling with flu and deciding to rest.
Jannik Sinner withdrew from the ATP 250 event in Antwerp.
The Italian is 7-1 in Antwerp, losing to Stan Wawrinka in the semi-final on his debut in 2019.
Two years later, the young gun went all the way in Belgium, claiming his fifth ATP title in style. Jannik met Diego Schwartzman in the title clash and scored a dominant 6-2, 6-2 triumph in an hour and 16 minutes. Thus, the 20-year-old became the youngest player with five ATP titles since Novak Djokovic in 2007!
Also, Sinner moved 55 ATP points away from cracking the top-10, still chasing a place at the ATP Finals in Turin. Schwartzman lost his third Antwerp final, previously missing the title in 2016 and 2017. The Italian claimed 27 points more than the Argentine, playing bold and aggressive tennis on an indoor court.
Jannik dropped ten points in eight service games, fending off two break chances and keeping the pressure on the other side. Schwartzman could not match that pace, giving away over half of the points behind the initial shot and struggling to impose his strokes. Diego suffered four breaks, two in each set, propelling Jannik over the top in no time.
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