Thiruvananthapuram: Italy’s Jannik Sinner emerged victorious against tennis legend Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-final, becoming the first man to achieve this feat. The 22-year-old fourth seed secured a stunning 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 win in Melbourne on Friday.
Sinner, who missed a match point in the third-set tiebreak for a potential straight-sets victory, displayed dominance throughout the match. Djokovic, known for his exceptional performance, struggled and committed 54 unforced errors in an uncharacteristic fashion.
Novak Djokovic, boasting 10 Australian Open titles and 24 Grand Slam crowns, had never experienced defeat in any of his prior semi-final appearances in Melbourne. However, the 36-year-old Serbian player fell short in this encounter, being broken five times by the resilient Sinner.
Despite Djokovic’s efforts to put up a fight in the third set, forcing a tiebreak and saving a match point, he couldn’t overcome the determined Sinner. Television pundits have described this moment as a potential “changing of the guard,” as Sinner, 14 years younger than Djokovic, showcased a remarkable performance.
The match, lasting 3 hours and 22 minutes, concluded with Sinner sealing the victory with a blazing forehand winner. This win not only marks Sinner as the youngest men’s singles finalist in Melbourne since Djokovic in 2008 but also signifies a significant milestone in the rising star’s career.
While addressing the media post-match Sinner said that it feels amazing; honestly, it was a tough match. I knew this would be before. In the third set, the level was even; I had match points in the tie break, but this is tennis. I was serving great today.