Jannik Sinner delivered a stunning performance by defeating 10-time champion Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semifinals, securing his spot in his first Grand Slam final. The 22-year-old Italian displayed dominance with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(6-8), 6-3 victory at Rod Laver Arena, ending Djokovic's 33-match winning streak at Melbourne and handing him his first Australian Open defeat since 2018.
Sinner, the youngest man to reach a final at Melbourne Park since 2008, expressed his satisfaction after the match, acknowledging the tough competition. Despite missing a match point in the third set, Sinner maintained his composure and readiness for the next set.
Djokovic, the world No. 1, had previously faced little difficulty containing Sinner in the Wimbledon semifinals six months ago. However, Sinner's confidence grew with subsequent encounters, leading to this remarkable upset. The Italian's victory marked Djokovic's first loss against a top-five opponent at Melbourne Park since 2007.
Jannik Sinner is set to face either Daniil Medvedev or Alexander Zverev in the final, vying for his maiden major trophy on Sunday. Djokovic, despite the defeat, will retain his No. 1 ATP ranking. Sinner has the opportunity to reach a career-high ranking of No. 3 if he secures his first major title and Medvedev loses to Zverev in the second semifinal.
(With Agency Inputs)