Novak Djokovic had never lost a semifinal in Melbourne: it happened today, for the first time. Jannik Sinner defeated the Serbian in four sets, prevailing with the final score of 6-1, 6-2, (6) 6-7, 6-3 in three hours and 22 minutes of play.
The young Italian interrupted the Serbian’s winning streak in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. No one has ever managed to beat Djokovic at this point in the tournament, but Sinner has now reached that dimension that only belongs to great champions.
At the on-court interview, the Italian analyzed his emotions and his match, sharing with Jim Courier the difficulties faced and the great satisfaction of having reached this milestone.
“It was a really tough match. I started very well in the first two sets. I had the feeling that I wasn’t well and I tried to push without thinking. I wasted a match point in the third set by missing a forehand, but it’s part of the game. I wanted to be ready for the next set which started off great. I couldn’t wait to play this match. It’s nice and important to face a player like Nole, who can always teach you a lot,” he explained.
Jannik Sinner: “I’ll give my all in the final”
The Italian then commented on his game, which in some ways is very similar to that of the Serbian.
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“I had lost to him in the semi-finals at Wimbledon and you can learn a lot from starting like that – it’s all part of the process. We have a similar game. I always tried to start the rally by guessing his serve. It’s a pleasure to play this tournament they call Happy Slam for a reason.
I trained with Nole in Monte Carlo when I was 16-17 years old and it’s true: he gave me a lot of advice. He told me to be as unpredictable as possible. I have the feeling that I can still improve a lot and I have a great team. First Slam final? I do not know what to say. Last year’s confidence helped me. On Sunday I will do my best in my first Slam final,” said Sinner.