Davis Cup: Novak Djokovic wastes 3 MPs, loses to Jannik Sinner

Novak Djokovic lost his first Davis Cup match since 2011

by Jovica Ilic
Davis Cup: Novak Djokovic wastes 3 MPs, loses to Jannik Sinner
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Jannik Sinner defeated Novak Djokovic for the second time within two weeks! Sinner ousted Djokovic 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in the Davis Cup semi-final after saving three match points in the final set's tenth game, keeping Italy alive against Serbia.

Sinner dropped five points behind the initial shot in the opener, facing no break points and keeping the pressure on the other side. Djokovic could not follow that pace, losing serve two times in a row and falling behind. Novak held at 15 in the encounter's first game before wasting a game point at 1-1.

The Italian extended the game with a backhand winner and converted a break point after the Serb's volley mistake for a 2-1 advantage. Jannik pushed strong on the return in the fifth game, painting a backhand down the line return winner and forging a 4-1 gap.

The young gun served for the set in the eighth game and landed an ace for a hold at love and 6-2 in 37 minutes. Novak raised his level in the second set, producing his A-game behind the initial shot and dropping four points, keeping the pressure on Jannik.

Jannik Sinner saved three match points against Novak Djokovic in Malaga.

The Italian could not keep his level from the opener, getting broken two times and allowing the Serb to force a decider. They made a good start with three fine holds before Djokovic stepped in on the return for the first time at 2-1.

Sinner hit a double fault and lost serve, sending momentum to Djokovic's side. World no. 1 held at love in the next one to cement the advantage and moved 5-2 up after deuce two games later. Novak seized the third set point after Jannik's loose forehand, forcing a decider after an hour and 19 minutes.

The second game offered a thriller, with seven deuces and a break chance for Novak. Jannik denied it and held, avoiding an early setback. They served well in the next five games, and Djokovic had a better run behind his initial shot.

The Serb created a break chance in game eight, and the Italian denied it with a forehand drive-volley winner. The more experienced player produced a hold at love in game nine, moving 5-4 up and keeping the pressure on the other side.

Djokovic pressured Sinner and created three match points after the youngster's error at the net. Jannik denied them with brave hitting and wrapped up the game with two service winner, producing a mighty escape and leveling the score at 5-5.

Sinner created a break chance in the 11th game and converted it with a forehand down the line winner. Jannik fired an ace for two match points at 6-5 and seized the first to move over the top.

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