Sinner sweeps the court with Djokovic

Henry

When one consults the tennis history books, you will soon see that Novak Djokovic is undoubtedly the master of Melbourne.

The ten-time Australian Open champion has never lost in the semi-finals of the tournament, but this proud run has come to an end today.

An enthusiastic Jannik Sinner, with his aggressive approach to the game and pure ball-striking ability, put the 36-year-old Serbian under enormous pressure to conclude the showdown on the trot.

The young Italian secured his place in the final of the year’s first Grand Slam tournament with a final score of 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 and 6-3.

The first two sets were over in the blink of an eye. Djokovic was forced to do something that he is certainly not too used to in Melbourne: He had to scramble around trying to win pots.

Yes, he won the third set thanks to another fall ax pot triumph, but Sinner just once again had too much ammunition for him in the following set.

The defending champion ended up committing 54 unforced errors, while also coming in second in the longer strokes.

At the same time, Sinner also deserves a pat on the back for his mental attitude during the game. He never left Djokovic alone and even when the world’s top player threatened to launch one of his traditional comeback attempts, the San Candido native refused to throw in the towel.

“It was actually a very tough match, but I could see that Novak was not at his best and I tried my best to keep my foot on the accelerator,” said the Italian.

“I could have actually won the whole match in the third set, but then I missed a ridiculously easy forehand – that’s how things sometimes go on the court.”

Novak stays no. 1

Despite the defeat, Djokovic will not relinquish his hold on the official ATP rankings and he will maintain his status as the world’s number one player.

Before today’s match, he last lost a match in Melbourne in 2018 and he won 33 matches in a row in this city.

As the organizers rightly said in a tribute on social media: There is really only one Novak Djokovic.

But today Jannik Sinner undoubtedly deserves his moment in the tennis spotlight.