Australian Open: Jannik Sinner arranges Novak Djokovic blockbuster

Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner will battle in the Australian Open semi-final

by Jovica Ilic
Australian Open: Jannik Sinner arranges Novak Djokovic blockbuster
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The 4th seed Jannik Sinner notched his first Australian Open semi-final following a 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 victory over the 6th seed Andrey Rublev. The Italian sealed the deal in two hours and 39 minutes, delivering his fifth straight-sets win in a row in Melbourne and setting the semi-final clash against world no.

1 Novak Djokovic. Rublev experienced another frustration, standing two points from taking the second set but finishing on the losing side in his tenth Major quarter-final, extending his terrible run at this stage of notable events!

Sinner made the difference with the second serve. Rublev could not follow that, taking 11 out of 30 points after missing the first and ending his campaign in the last eight. They hit 34 winners each, and Jannik tamed his strokes more efficiently after spraying 24 unforced errors.

The Russian squandered all eight break chances, failing to break the rival's serve and suffering two breaks from seven opportunities offered to his opponent.

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Sinner used those two breaks to win sets one and three, prevailing in the second and remaining on the title course.

Nothing separated them in the mid-range and most extended exchanges, with Jannik taking charge in the shortest rallies up to four strokes. They served well in the encounter's opening games before Andrey forced Jannik's error for two break chances at 2-1.

The Italian denied them with powerful hitting and landed an ace for 2-2. Rublev missed his chances and lost focus, netting a forehand in the fifth game and facing three break points. He netted another forehand to experience a break at love and push Jannik 3-2 in front.

The Italian landed an ace in the sixth game to cement the advantage and fired another booming serve in game eight for 5-3. Rublev served to stay in the set in game nine and landed a service winner for a hold at love, extending the battle. Jannik served for the opener at 5-4 and produced a hold at love with an unreturned serve, wrapping up the opener after 37 minutes.

Jannik Sinner defeated Andrey Rublev in straight sets at the Australian Open.

They squandered nine break points in the second set and stayed neck and neck until the tie break, fighting for 80 minutes. Jannik missed two break chances in the third game and denied a couple of break points in the next one to level the score at 2-2.

The fifth and sixth games brought two more break chances, and the servers denied them. The Russian squandered another opportunity in game eight and faced the ultimate test at 4-4. Andrey erased two break points and closed the game after the fourth deuce, sending the pressure to the other side.

The remaining three games saw fine holds, as they introduced a tie break. Rublev painted a forehand down the line winner for 4-1 and repeated that in the sixth point to build a massive 5-1 advantage. Sinner stepped in and fired a forehand crosscourt winner in the eighth point, reducing the deficit to 5-3.

Jannik Sinner & Andrey Rublev, Australian Open 2024© Daniel Pockett / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

He grabbed another mini-break for 4-5 and landed a volley winner at the net for a turnaround and a 6-5 lead.

The Russian missed a backhand in the 12th point on the rival's set point, dropping six straight points and experiencing a massive blow. Jannik faced two break points at 1-1 in the third set and erased them with winners. He served well in the rest of the clash and kept the pressure on the other side.

Andrey landed an ace in the fourth game for 2-2 and led 40-15 in game six. The Italian extended the game and created a break point. The 4th seed painted a forehand down the line winner, moving 4-2 in front and sealing the rival's fate in this one.

Sinner opened a 5-2 lead with a forehand down the line winner and served for the victory at 5-3. He converted a match point with a forehand winner at the net, wrapping up a rock-solid performance and setting a thrilling clash against Novak Djokovic.

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