Passing the Torch: Novak Djokovic Hails Jannik Sinner's First Major Title

Jannik Sinner claimed his first Major trophy a the Australian Open

by Jovica Ilic
Passing the Torch: Novak Djokovic Hails Jannik Sinner's First Major Title
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Jannik Sinner dethroned Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open, becoming the first player with a win over the Serb after the quarter-final stage. Two days later, the 22-year-old claimed his first Major trophy over Daniil Medvedev, performing an incredible comeback and earning a 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 triumph in three hours and 45 minutes.

Novak congratulated Jannik on a massive success, hailing the young opponent and saluting his team and family. Sinner showed the most before the final, beating five rivals in straight sets and ousting a ten-time champion for a place in his first Major title match.

However, Jannik made a slow start against Daniil, dropping the opening two sets before recovering his name and winning the next three for a massive success. Sinner clinched one point more than Medvedev, playing better behind the second serve and emerging at the top.

The Italian hit 50 winners and 49 unforced errors, taming his strokes nicely and welcoming the Russian's 57 unforced mistakes. Sinner grabbed four breaks from nine chances and defended eight out of 12 break points, facing one break point in 15 service games from the third set and mounting the pressure on the other side.

Jannik forged a slim advantage in the shortest rallies up to four strokes and a more substantial one in the most advanced exchanges. Daniil erased it with a strong performance in the mid-range rallies, but it was not enough to bring him victory.

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Thus, the Russian lost his second Australian Open final from two sets to love in front within three years, falling to Rafael Nadal in another cracker in 2022.

Entering his sixth Major final, Medvedev made a reliable start, serving at 86% in the opening set and controlling the pace after losing four points in his games. The Russian passed the Italian at the net in the third game, securing an early break and moving in front.

Medvedev barely lost a point in the following three service games, moving 5-3 in front after 29 minutes with an ace in game eight. Sinner struggled behind the initial shot again in game nine, spraying a backhand error on the third set point and handing the opener to Medvedev 6-3 after 36 minutes.

Novak Djokovic congratulated Jannik Sinner on his first Major title.

Daniil served at 50% in the second set, but it did not make the difference, losing serve once after already forging a massive advantage. Jannik battled hard in the third game, defending four break chances and earning a game point with a forehand winner.

The Italian held with a forehand drive-volley winner, avoiding an early setback. On the other hand, Daniil delivered three holds at love and maintained the pressure on the other side. Sinner squandered a game point at 1-2 and got broken after Medvedev's volley winner at the net.

Daniil cemented it with a volley winner in game five, holding at love and moving 4-1 in front. The Russian created break chances in game six with a forehand winner and converted the first after the Italian's volley error.

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Jannik pulled one break back in game seven and created another break point at 3-5 when Daniil served for the set.

Medvedev forced Sinner's mistake and repeated that on a set point, forging a 6-3, 6-3 lead in an hour and 25 minutes and moving closer to the finish line. With no room for errors, Sinner raised his level in the third set and produced five comfortable holds.

Medvedev stayed in touch and reached deuce on the return at 4-4. Daniil missed a forehand and allowed Jannik to bring the game home with a forehand down the line winner. The Russian squandered a game point at 4-5, and the Italian forced the rival's mistake for a set point.

Medvedev missed a forehand, losing serve and keeping Sinner in contention after two hours and ten minutes. The Italian served at only 46% in the fourth set, but no one could notice that. He saved a crucial break point in the seventh game and delivered a late break to introduce a decider.

Medvedev had a huge opportunity to forge three break points at 3-3, missing a routine backhand at 30-0. He created one break chance, and Sinner denied it with an ace down the T line. The young gun wrapped up the game with an ace, remaining on the positive side and reaching deuce on the return in the next one with a powerful backhand down the line.

Daniil held without further issues, leveling the score at 4-4 and adding more drama. Jannik closed the ninth game with a forehand winner and kept the pressure on the other side. Sinner stretched the game with a forehand drive-volley winner and earned a set point after Medvedev's loose backhand.

Jannik attacked and caused Daniil's mistake, taking the set 6-4 and forcing a decider after three hours and six minutes.

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The final set saw five comfortable holds early on, with the Italian moving 3-2 up following a forehand down the line winner.

The young gun pushed strong in the sixth game, earning three break chances after the Russian's loose volley at the net. Sinner seized the second with a forehand crosscourt winner, delivering a decisive break and forging a 4-2 advantage.

Jannik cemented the lead with a service winner in game seven, opening a 5-2 gap and forcing Daniil to serve to stay in the match. Medvedev grabbed the eighth game at 15, extending the battle. Jannik kept his focus while serving for the title at 5-3, forcing Daniil's error for a match point.

Sinner seized it with a forehand down the line winner, falling to the ground and celebrating his first out of many Major titles.

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