Jannik Sinner won the first Slam title in his young career at the Australian Open 2024, a deserved and incredible triumph, considering how the final went, won after losing the first two sets.
Down two sets and in enormous difficulty on the court, the Italian never gave up until the end and recovered one point behind Daniil Medvedev. The Russian relived the nightmare of 2022, when he lost to Rafael Nadal in a similar way.
Sinner was able to overcome the ATP No.5 Andrey Rublev, the defending champion and ATP No.1 Novak Djokovic and Medvedev in the final. Sinner has proven to be, at the moment, the best tennis player in the world on hard-courts, indoors and outdoors.
The 22-year-old Italian has also equaled the Major titles of his Russian rival, who however has played 5 more Slam finals than him.
"You encourage me and understand me: sometimes it's not easy but that's how I am!"
"First of all Daniil, congratulations on a truly exceptional tournament. We have played many finals and every match shows me something that gives me difficulty and I have to improve. You really run on every shot, it's something incredible. I wish you one day to lift this trophy too, because you deserve it. Of course lots of luck for the rest of the season," said the Italian at the on-court interview, with his usual humility, after having raised the trophy to the sky.
"A very important tournament for me, I would like to thank everyone who made this Slam special. Thanks to my team, to all the people who are in my corner and who follow me from home. You encourage me and understand me: sometimes it's not easy but that's how I am!" Then addressing the crowd in Melbourne, he said: "The support has been exceptional these two weeks, you have made me feel at home. Thank you very much," said the young Italian.
Finally, Jannik thanked, with a comment message, the support of his parents: "To all the people who are following me from home: I would like everyone to have parents like mine, they have always let me choose in life. I wish everyone children to have the freedom that I had."