Italian Tennis player Jannik Sinner beat Serbian Novak Djokovic (10 times-Australian Open champion) in the Australian Open 2024. Jannik defeated Novak to make it to the final of the first Grand Slam of this year in a shock move. It is the first time Novak has lost a semifinal in Australian Open.
Jannik Sinner beat Novak Djokovic by 6-1, 6-2, 6-7, and 6-3. It ended the attempt of Novak for a record 25th Grand Slam singles title. He beat Novak in four sets of matches in 3 hours and 22 minutes.
Grand Slam refers to four major Tennis championship tournaments. Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open are among these four tournaments.
However, Jannik is also the youngest man to reach the Australian Open Men’s Singles final since Djokovic in 2008. It is the first time in tennis history that an Italian player has made it to the singles final at the Australian Open.
British sports analytics Opta stated that Jannik is the first Italian male player to beat number one Novak in a Grand Slam Men’s Single event since the ATP rankings were released in 1973. ATP refers to the Association of Tennis Professionals). Before this match, Italy had lost 23 consecutive matches.
Surprisingly, it was the first match Novok had in a Grand Slam in that he did not create a single breakpoint opportunity. He has not lost at the Australian Open (AO) since Korean Hyeon Chung beat him in the 4th round in 2018.
Before this defeat, he won 33 straight matches, the longest-running runs at the AO in the Open Era. Jannik beat Novak twice in three games at the end of the last ATP season. He used weak performance and frequent failed hand shots against him to win the first two games.
In the third match, Jannik had a chance to win the third match but made a mistake. It allowed Novak to play better during the tiebreak.
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