Italy reached the final of the Davis Cup thanks to the super-performances of Jannik Sinner, who won both the singles match against Novak Djokovic and the decisive point in doubles (again against the Serbian). Tomorrow Italy will challenge Australia in the final of the competition.
It was since 1998 that Italy had not reached the final of the competition, losing on that occasion against Sweden in Milan. The last and only victory dates back to 1976.
Sinner gets two super milestone against Djokovic
Thanks to the victory, Sinner achieved incredible milestones against Djokovic.
Only six players before him had managed to beat the Serbian at least twice during the same season. Before Jannik, in the last 12 years, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafa Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev succeeded.
The German was the only one to have succeeded in the last four seasons, when in 2021 he managed to beat Djokovic first at the Olympics and then at the ATP Finals. Before 2011, Fernando Verdasco, Tommy Haas, Andy Roddick, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Carlos Moya, Mikhail Youzhny and David Ferrer had succeeded.
In the Davis Cup, Djokovic had not lost a complete match since March 2009, when Rafael Nadal beat him on clay. In 2011 the Serbian withdrew from a match against Juan Martin del Potro. Not only that: Sinner is the first tennis player ever to beat Djokovic with three match points against him.
Nole had never lost in his career having had three consecutive match points. The number 1 tennis player in the ATP ranking had lost three other times with match points, but not consecutively. Italy entered the court for the doubles against a very concentrated Serbia, naturally galvanized by Jannik Sinner's feat against Novak Djokovic.
The two were sent back into the match by the captains together with Miomir Kecmanovic, who played the first singles, and Lorenzo Sonego, who already paired with the Italian on Thursday, in the decisive match against the Netherlands. Tomorrow Italy will challenge Australian in the final of the 2023 edition of the Davis Cup.