Australian Open: Jannik Sinner defeats World No. 1 in the semifinals, ending Novak Djokovic's flawless run in Melbourne.
Australian Open 2024: #1 in the world For the first time in his career, Novak Djokovic lost a Grand Slam semifinal match. Jannik Sinner, the #4 seed, defeated him in four sets.
The run of success ended. After 33 matches and 2195 days, the unimaginable happened at the Rod Laver Arena on Friday, January 15. For the first time in six years, Novak Djokovic lost an Australian Open match as fourth seed Jannik Sinner defeated the reigning champion in the men’s singles semifinal. After winning 10 matches in a row earlier in the season, it was the first time Djokovic has lost in the semi-final of the first Grand Slam.
In the last few days, one of the biggest upsets in tennis history occurred when Jannik Sinner defeated Novak Djokovic 1-6, 2-6, 7-6 (6), 3-6 in 3 hours and 22 minutes.
Even though Novak Djokovic battled back from a two-set deficit and saved a match point in the third set tie-breaker to force a fourth set, there was no fairy tale comeback for him this time. But the fourth set again showed the persistent decline in passion, as a fervent Jannik Sinner broke Djokovic’s serve early to win the match.
For the first time, Novak Djokovic was competing in a morning session semi-final at the Rod Laver Arena, but he was unable to overcome the penultimate obstacle. Djokovic was 10 0 in the semifinals and 10-0 in the Australian Open finals before to Friday, but the aspiration for No. 11 was gone.
In Melbourne, Djokovic did not have a good day. He only won 25% of the points he received, and his second serve victory percentage dropped to 46%.
Conversely, Jannik Sinner, who had an incredible first-serve victory % of 83, did not allow any breaks during the four sets. The statistics from Djokovic’s uncommon nightmare at the Rod Laver Arena told the tale of his 54 unforced errors, 26 more than Sinner.
Sinner fluffed a match point in the third-set tie-breaker, but he did not allow the momentum to evaporate. The 22-year-old, who is currently ranked No. 4 in the world, gave a masterclass, breaking Djokovic early in the fourth set and never looking back.
A comparable circumstance faced Sinner in the 2022 Wimbledon quarterfinal two years prior. Despite having a two-set lead over the Serb, he ultimately lost the match in five sets. Sinner firmly announced his arrival at the greatest platform on Friday, making sure he did not suffer the same fate.
On Sunday, Sinner will play in his first-ever Grand Slam final against the victor of the other semi-final involving Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev.
Jannik Sinner discusses how he defeated Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open by going the other way.
When Jannik Sinner overcame Novak Djokovic in their Australian Open semifinal match, he was unstoppable.
Both Novak Djokovic and the Rod Laver Arena audience were in disbelief when Jannik Sinner defeated the World No. 1 in his first Australian Open since 2018. Sinner stood tall. In the semi-final, the Italian easily defeated the Serbian ace, 6-1 6-2 6-7(6) 6-3.
With the win, Sinner also advanced to his first-ever Grand Slam final, where he will take against the winners of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev’s other semi-final match.
After the game, Sinner revealed something that he had learned from Jim Courier during his on-court interview. In response to Courier’s question regarding his strategy for facing Djokovic, Sinner joked, “Ask him.”
Then, Courier disclosed that Djokovic was consulted a few years prior to offer advise to Sinner. “It’s odd that you say ‘ask him,’ because your coach did ask him when you played him for the first time in Monte Carlo in 2021. “Can you tell me a few things that maybe Jannik can work on to improve?” he asked him after the game.
And Novak did, being the outstanding athlete that he is. He said three or four different things to your coach. Did your coach even explain you what those items were at the time, as you recall? Since I’ve heard the story, but I haven’t heard you discuss it,” he continued.
Sinner acknowledged that it was accurate, but he also mentioned that Djokovic had previously assisted him. “This is a true story, and I was able to train with him in Monaco when I was younger—17 or 16 years old. And I believe that’s when the process of attempting to pick up tips from the world’s top players began. Then, after the game, he encouraged me to try to move the ball a little bit more and not to be a little bit predictable since, clearly, the match is different.
“So we are trying to do that, Obviously, the serve has improved a lot but still I have the feeling that I still can improve a lot and that’s why I have a great team behind me to keep pushing.”
In his last four encounters with Djokovic, Sinner had triumphed three times. In November, he defeated the legendary Sebian in the group stage of the ATP Finals as well as the Davis Cup.
Sinner went on to say that he and Djokovic had a similar playing style and had some particular admiration for the Serbian. “I think we play really similar and you have to first of all try to return as many balls as possible,” he stated.
Because he’s such a fantastic server, I occasionally tried to predict a little bit as well as to push and move him around a little bit. It’s a pleasure to be here, as I mentioned; they call it the Happy Slam for a reason. I won’t tell you the strategies because I have a feeling or because I hope to face him in a few more matches,” he continued.
The 22-year-old saved a match point in the third set but still managed to break Djokovic’s serve twice to secure a historic victory.
The legendary Serbian player had triumphed in every one of his ten previous Rod Laver Arena semifinals and finals.