ATP Antwerp: Jannik Sinner eases past Diego Schwartzman to claim the title



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ATP Antwerp: Jannik Sinner eases past Diego Schwartzman to claim the title

The 20-year-old Jannik Sinner claimed the fourth ATP title of the season and the fifth in a career in Antwerp after toppling Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 16 minutes. Thus, Jannik became the fifth player in 2021 with at least four titles after Casper Ruud, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev, and the youngest with five ATP trophies on his tally since Novak Djokovic in 2007.

More importantly, the young Italian is 55 points behind the top-10 debut and a real contender for the ATP Finals in Turin. After 2016 and 2017, Schwartzman lost another Antwerp final, failing to match Sinner's pace and settling with the runner-up prize.

The Italian won 27 points more than the Argentine, dropping ten points in eight service games and fending off two break chances he faced to keep the pressure on the other side. Schwartzman gave away over half of the points behind the initial shot and suffered four breaks to carry his rival over the top.

Jannik Sinner claimed the fifth ATP title in Antwerp.

After Jannik's backhand mistake, Diego held in the opening game, and Sinner closed the second game with an ace down the T line to get his name on the scoreboard.

In the third game, the Italian fired a forehand down the line winner to secure the first break and brought the next game home with a service winner for a 3-1 advantage. Doing everything right in those moments, Jannik cracked a return winner in game five to grab another break and extend the lead before fending off two break chances and bringing the game home for 5-1.

Schwartzman survived the seventh game to avoid another break, and Sinner held in the next one with a service winner to clinch the opener 6-2 in 40 minutes. Struggling to find his strokes, Diego netted a forehand at the beginning of the second set to fall further behind before Jannik cemented the lead with a hold at love in game two.

The young gun closed the fourth game with a smash winner at the net and broke in game five for a massive 6-2, 4-1 advantage following yet another unforced error from his rival. In the sixth game, Sinner placed a backhand down the line winner to move a game away from victory and sealed the deal with three winners in game eight to start a celebration and lift the trophy.