Jannik Sinner's Streak: From Beating Novak Djokovic to Dominating 2024

Jannik Sinner is 22-1 in 2024, leading the ATP Race

by Jovica Ilic
Jannik Sinner's Streak: From Beating Novak Djokovic to Dominating 2024
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Jannik Sinner has been a player to beat in 2024, lifting two notable titles and becoming world no. 2. Jannik feels very confident following a great run on hard courts since last summer, losing only a couple of matches and winning six titles and the Davis Cup for Italy.

Sinner scored two wins over Novak Djokovic in the closing stages of 2023, riding on that boost and standing as the ATP Race leader after three months of the new season. Novak and Jannik played four matches at significant events in the second part of 2023, with the young gun scoring two wins in the penultimate events of the year.

Djokovic took down Sinner in the Wimbledon semi-final, defending two set points in the third set and reaching his 35th Major final.

Jannik Sinner, ATP Finals 2023© Valerio Pennicino / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

Jannik conquered his first Masters 1000 title in Toronto and lifted trophies in Beijing and Vienna, becoming world no.

4 ahead of the ATP Finals at home in Turin. The Italian met the Serb in the second round-robin duel and delivered his first win over Novak, beating world no. 1 7-5, 6-7, 7-6 after a grueling three hours and eight minutes. The encounter saw 35 aces and only six break points, with two rivals producing comfortable holds on the fast indoor court.

The home star prevailed in the pivotal moments, losing serve once and delivering two breaks. They served well at the beginning of the duel, reaching 5-5 without issues. Novak led 40-0 in the 11th game, looking good to secure a tie break.

Instead, Jannik claimed five straight points and grabbed a break that sent him in front. Sinner wrapped up the set with a hold at love at 6-5, earning a massive boost in front of the home fans. They served well in the second set and reached a tie break, with the pressure on Djokovic's side.

Jannik sprayed a forehand error at 4-5, facing two set points and allowing Novak to convert the second with a service winner, sending the encounter into a decider after two hours and five minutes. Sinner grabbed a break in the sixth game with a forehand return crosscourt winner, moving 4-2 up and closer to the finish line.

Novak Djokovic, ATP Finals 2023© Valerio Pennicino / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

Jannik Sinner has beaten Novak Djokovic three times since November.

However, the veteran broke back in the next one after the rival's backhand error, returning to the positive side.

They served well in the remaining five games, arranging a deciding tie break. The home star opened a 3-0 gap with a forehand crosscourt winner and seized a match point at 6-2 with a smash winner, celebrating his first victory over Novak.

Two rivals met a couple of days later in the final, and Djokovic turned the tables, earning a 6-3, 6-3 triumph and lifting his seventh ATP Finals crown. Six days later, Novak and Jannik battled in the semi-final of the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga, turning it into a thriller.

The Serb missed a massive chance to propel his country into the final, with the Italian saving three match points in a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 victory, keeping Italy alive.

Novak Djokovic & Jannik Sinner, Australian Open 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Jannik brought his A-game in the opening set.

He lost five points in his games and grabbed consecutive breaks for 6-2 after 37 minutes and a boost. However, Novak stepped in and took charge in the second set, losing four points in four service games and keeping the pressure on the other side.

Sinner suffered two breaks, having to start all over in the decider after an hour and 19 minutes. The Italian saved a break point in the second game and survived seven deuces, avoiding an early setback and providing a pivotal hold.

Novak served well and earned another break point in game eight, eager to move in front and end the rival's resistance. Jannik denied it with a forehand drive-volley winner and made another crucial hold for 4-4. Still pushing strong, the Serb secured the ninth game at love and created three match points on the return at 5-4.

Facing the ultimate test, Sinner produced bold hitting and got out of jail, firing two service winners at deuce and locking the result at 5-5. The momentum shifted to the Italian's side, and he grabbed a break in the 11th game with a forehand down the line winner.

Jannik served for the win at 6-5 and produced a fine hold, sealing the deal and delivering his second win over Novak within a week. Sinner and his teammates secured the title for Italy, and the young gun used that momentum to raise his level even higher in 2024.

Jannik is 22-1 this season, conquering the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Miami, leading the ATP Race and becoming world no. 2. Sinner dethroned Djokovic at the Australian Open en route to his first Major crown, beating world no.

1 for the third time in the previous four duels.

Jannik Sinner, Miami Masters 2024© Brennan Asplen / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

"I did not expect to play this well in 2024, but it feels great. I beat Novak Djokovic two times at the end of the previous season, which gave me momentum. I have played well in every tournament recently, enjoying my hard-court run," Jannik Sinner said.

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