Sinner ends Novak’s Australian Open title defence – Novak Djokovic

Nole is out of the Australian Open in a four-set upset. Jannik Sinner dethroned the highest seed to succeed in his first Grand Slam last.

World no.1 Novak Djokovic, who owns a document 10 Australian Open titles, suffered a 1-6, 2-6, 7-6 (6), 3-6 defeat to no.4 seed Jannik Sinner in Rod Laver Area on Friday.

Novak was wanting his finest for a lot of the semi-final contest, making uncharacteristic quantity of errors. Sinner was sharp in techniques and execution. The Italian stormed to 2 units to like lead, breaking twice within the first and second units.

The gamers held their serve within the third set. Djokovic fended off a match level within the tie-break earlier than profitable it 8-6, however was finally unable to rise to his rival’s problem.

Sinner pressed on within the fourth set and shortly regained management. He broke the Serb once more within the fourth sport to seal the triumph, ending Novak’s 33-match profitable streak and handing him his first Australian Open defeat since 2018.

The Belgrade native didn’t create a single break level probability throughout the three hour, 22-minute conflict.

“I used to be, in a manner, shocked with my degree, in a nasty manner,” Djokovic mentioned in his post-match press convention. “There was not a lot I used to be doing proper within the first two units. I assume this is likely one of the worst Grand Slam matches I’ve ever performed. No less than that I bear in mind. Not a really nice feeling taking part in this manner. However on the identical time, credit score to him for doing every thing higher than me, in each side of the sport.”

Match statistics: aces (7-9), double faults (4-1), winners (32-31), unforced errors (54-28), complete factors received (98-128).

Sinner will face Daniil Medvedev (RUS) in Sunday’s Remaining.

Having received the Australian Open title in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2023, Novak was bidding to seize his eleventh trophy in Melbourne.

It was the primary time the Serbian star has been crushed at Melbourne Park when he reached the final 4.

Novak will retain his place on the prime of the ATP Rankings. He’ll begin his 410th week as world no.1 on Monday.

Subsequent cease for Djokovic would be the BNP Paribas Open from March 6-17. Nole received the Indian Wells title 5 instances – in 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Will probably be his first look within the Indian Wells Tennis Backyard since 2019.

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