Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner: Serbian legend loses to 22-year-old and goes out of the Australian Open 2024 semi-final


Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner: Jannik Sinner defeated Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open 2024 semi-finals, bringing a stop to Djokovic’s 33-match winning streak at Melbourne Park since 2018.

Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner
Novak Djokovic lost to 22-year-old Jannik Sinner

 

Jannik Sinner defeated Novak Djokovic and advanced to the Australian Open 2024 final. Prior to today, Djokovic has not lost at Melbourne Park in 33 matches since 2018. However, he was unable to prolong his winning streak. He was only two matches away from an 11th triumph and a record 25th Grand Slam crown, but he fell short. This was Djokovic’s first semi-final loss at the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic appeared more relaxed psychologically in the Australian Open semifinal against Jannik Sinner than he did in his Wimbledon final loss to Carlos Alcaraz last year. It’s likely what fueled his late-game comeback, as he won the third set after falling behind 2-0. However, shortly after Sinner reclaimed control in the fourth with an early break, the Serb became clearly angry and yelled at the chair umpire. The crowd’s noise infuriated him.

Sinner appeared to have an advantage in the first two sets, when he defeated Djokovic 6-2 and 6-2. The third set was a difficult one to break because the Serbian superstar, as always, refused to give up. Djokovic eventually prevailed 7-6, and the match proceeded. Sinner won the final set, 6-3.

Sinner became the first Italian player to reach the Australian Open final. He won three of his last four games against Novak. When asked what made his game unique, Sinner said with a chuckle, “I’m not sure. “Ask him!”

Djokovic’s defeat came following the elimination of second seed Carlos Alcaraz. Alexander Zverev defeated Alcaraz in the quarterfinals. Djokovic, famed for his excellent achievements in Melbourne, is the tournament’s top seed, with Sinner coming in fourth. Novak’s Covid vaccination status prevented him from competing in the Australian Open in 2022.

Jannik Sinner has yet to lost a set in the event. The 22-year-old Italian will now compete for his maiden Grand Slam championship. This is not the first time he has defeated Djokovic. He previously defeated Djokovic in the ATP Finals group stage in the Davis Cup.

Sinner stated prior to the semi-final that he considered himself “lucky” to face Djokovic.

“This is one of the world’s biggest events; I’m excited to play against the world’s number one. He’s won here before, but it’ll be tough,” he told Reuters. “The only thing I can control is that I will give my all and fight for every ball. “We’ll see what happens.”

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