Joy for Sinner, sadness for Medvedev

Henry

Lights, camera and just a lot of action.

Italy’s Jannik Sinner erased a two-set deficit against Daniil Medvedev to lift the Australian Open trophy.

The final score of the remarkable Grand Slam final was 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 and 6-3 in favor of the 22-year-old player.

Sinner played with the resilience of a Novak Djokovic, the strength of a Rafael Nadal and at times the class of a Roger Federer in this match to pull a tennis rabbit out of the hat.

In doing so, he became the eighth player in a Grand Slam final to mount such a comeback after losing the first two sets.

“The Australian Open is a very happy tournament and I want to thank everyone who makes it a special event,” Sinner said when he received the trophy.

However, do not think that the San Candido native settled with just such opponents on the way to the final.

In addition to Medvedev, he also finished with Djokovic (semi-final) and Andrey Rublev (quarter-final).

He has now sent down 14 chest shots in the game, while he has simply started to play better as the matchup progresses.

“Jannik, you showed why you deserve to win the title. You fought to the bitter end and raised the quality of your game,” Medvedev said.

This is the second time in his career that the Russian player enjoys a two-set lead in the final of the Australian Open, only to watch almost helplessly as his lead slips through his fingers.

The previous time was against Nadal in 2022. The final score then was 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and 7-5 in the Spaniard’s favour.

“It hurts a lot to lose in the final every time, but I think it’s much better to play in a final than to be eliminated earlier,” joked the former world number one player.

In the first two sets, Medvedev hit the ball nicely deep, while he took advantage of Sinner’s nerves.

It is actually a shame that there can only be one winner.

However, there must still be room somewhere along the Via Sacra in Rome to erect a triumphal arch for Sinner. After his fight back, he certainly deserves it.