Rising Italian star Jannik Sinner admitted Swiss Stan Wawrinka deserved to win their semifinal clash at the European Open. Wawrinka, seeded at No. 4, handed a straight-set defeat 6-3 6-2 to world No. 119 Sinner to progress into the Antwerp final.
Sinner started the match with a break but failed to hold on to his serve as Wawrinka claimed back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and win the opener. Wawrinka carried his momentum into the second set as he broke the Italian twice to finish the job in two sets.
Previously, wildcard Sinner beat Kamil Majchrzak, Gael Monfils and Frances Tiafoe en route to reaching the Antwerp final. "I won a good match against Monfils and then I played a tough one against Tiafoe," Sinner said post-match, per the ATP website.
"I felt confident today. I started well in the beginning and then after I was not serving so well... He played better today and I wish him luck for the final." Wawrinka lost the final against Andy Murray.