The Davis Cup defeat is not enough: Djokovic will be the man to beat in Australia



by LORENZO CIOTTI

The Davis Cup defeat is not enough: Djokovic will be the man to beat in Australia
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Could Novak Djokovic's defeat against Jannik Sinner in the 2023 Davis Cup semifinal have repercussions on the Serb, in view of the upcoming 2024 tennis season? Obviously, the answer is: no. Djokovic lost an incredible match, wasting three match points against the young Italian, but the general feeling is that Nole will be the man to beat also at the 2024 edition of the Australian Open.

Sinner has shown that he can beat and put Djokovic in difficulty, on an indoor fatst surface, but in Australia there will be other variables at play. The heat (Sinner demonstrated at the US Open that he physically suffers from high temperatures and humidity), an outdoor game and the play at the best of five sets.

From what we have seen in 2023, Djokovic should not have negative waste to carry with him after the defeat and elimination of Serbia in the Davis Cup semi-finals. On the contrary, he will probably be even more motivated to do well in Australia.

Could Sinner beat Djokovic also at the Australian Open 2024?

But Sinner ended Novak Djokovic's incredible Davis Cup winning streak. The Serbian champion had not lost a match in this team competition for 12 years, when he was called to represent and help his national team.

In fact, the Serbian tennis player's last defeat dates back to 2011, in a semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro. A defeat, the one against Argentinian, which came due to a withdrawal. After 4451 days the impressive unbeaten run was broken by an incredible performance from the young Italian, who dragged his Italy to victory in the 2023 Davis Cup.

At 5-4, in the decisive third set semifinal, Djokovic was able to get to 0-40 but was unable to take advantage of those three match points on Sinner's serve. Jannik, with great coolness, canceled out all the chances and then in the next game he even managed to break the 24-time Slam champion.

Sinner did not tremble and closed the match with a score of 7-5, beating the world number 1 for the third time in the season: Carlos Alcaraz in Miami, Novak Djokovic in the group stage of the ATP Finals and in the Davis Cup.

Sinner has thus become the Nole's most fearsome player at the moment, who will end with regret a fantastic year full of satisfactions. So, could Sinner beat Djokovic also at the Australian Open 2024? He could, but Nole remain the favourite.

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