Antwerp, October 23, 2021 – Jannik Sinner-Diego Schwartzman is the final at the European Open 2021. Lloyd Harris was unable to shake Sinner at any point. Qualifier Jenson Brooksby sold his skin dearly again, but could not keep Schwartzman out of his third final in Antwerp.
First seed Jannik Sinner played the first semi-final of the day against Lloyd Harris. The young Italian soon proved to be in the favourite position. In the first set, he went through the South African’s serve twices. He served for the second set at 5-2 and won set one 6-2. It was clear that Harris would have to come up with something different to shake Sinner. Harris could not find an answer to Sinner’s game in the second set and immediately lost his serve. The 24-year old South African had no choice but to acknowledge his superiority, despite some fine points. Harris lost the match in just under an hour and a half with 6/2, 6/2. The 20-year-old Sinner reached his first final at the European Open. “I’m very happy to be in the final here, it’s nice to play in front of such a full house. Two years ago I played my first semi-final here on the ATP tour, this court suits me. I’m very happy with my level that I’m achieving this week.”
Qualifier Jenson Brooksby played against number 14 on the world ranking list, Diego Schwartzman. In the first set it was the Argentine Schwartzman who had the upper hand. He quickly managed to break the tie. Brooksby did not give in and was able to bring the score back to 4-4. Schwartzman kept the pressure on and was able to go through Brooksby’s service once more. The first set went to Schwartzman with a score of 6-4. The Argentinian seemed unstoppable and was able to build up a 3-0 lead. With a double break in the pocket, Schwartzman could hardly go wrong. The Argentinian did not take his foot off the gas and won the second set and the match with 6/4 6/0.