Jannik Sinner: "I beat Djokovic and Medvedev, it's a great moment"

The Italian tennis player analyzed the victory in the Australian Open final, at the press conference

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Jannik Sinner: "I beat Djokovic and Medvedev, it's a great moment"
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Jannik Sinner performed an impossible comeback against Daniil Medvedev, giving the Russian tennis player the nightmares of 2022 and winning the first Major of his young career. The Italian tennis player was one step away from the abyss.

At 40-40 and 4-4 in the third set, many thought the match was practically over, but Jannik didn't give up and with his calmness he managed to turn the match around, winning the Australian Open 2024.

At the press conference, Jannik analyzed the match, explaining to the media present the keys to the victory and revealing what surprised him about his opponent's tennis.

"It takes a little time to process a victory like that. I'm really happy with how things went today, it was really tough today. The support I have had in these two weeks has been extraordinary and I felt that both in the stands and on TV there were several people watching me.

After an hour I felt like I was in real trouble, I just tried to stay positive and stick to the game plan, which I had to change on the run. Daniil is an incredible tennis player and he proved it today too. He played a lot of hours and I'm sorry for how things went for him this time, but he will have other opportunities to win.

I expected something different from him, and I knew he could be aggressive. I didn't expect him to be so aggressive and he played very well for the first two and a half sets. I tried to stay attached and in the third set I told myself to take advantage of the opportunities.

When you win a set like this the challenge can change and in fact today it went like this. I wanted to make the challenge last a long time, I knew that he had already played a lot and this was the key," he analyzed.

"This is a great moment for me and my team"

Sinner also talked about the amazing improvements that characterized his last period, starting from the summer of 2023 to today.

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"What I've done in the last period is to get to know my body and my team better, this was a very important step for me. Last year from the finals in indoor tournaments to the semi-finals at Wimbledon, I realized that I could also compete for the big tournaments.

I beat Djokovic in the semi-final and Medvedev in the final, they are very strong tennis players and this is a great moment for me and my team. In the end I proved that hard work always pays off and now we have to improve even more if we want to win another big trophy," he explained.

Simone Vagnozzi and Nicola Pietrangeli's words

Coach Simone Vagnozzi, who trains Jannik together with Darren Cahill, tried to analyze the young Italian's victory, explaining what was the key to the match. "At the beginning Daniil Medvedev played very well and was always aggressive.

Jannik managed to make a first small turnaround when he recovered in the second set to 3-5, although he then lost it. But from there we started to believe it more. Jannik Sinner had never had matches like this and I think this success can give him confidence for the future too.

He's come back, he's done it and he knows he may be able to do it again. I think that last year with the Davis Cup and now with the Jannik Slam something incredible is happening. We come from a long journey, we have a Federation that organizes many tournaments.

Darren speaks well of me but I think we have a lot of former players who are now starting to coach. The results at Slam level then: Cecchinato first, Matteo Berrettini after and the girls help even before that," he explained.

Vagnozzi then talked about the role that Jannik's parents had in the young Italian's growth process. "Janik's parents are really wonderful. Sometimes they come to the tournament but don't say a word about tennis. They just enjoy the life of competition but never come to talk to us about a forehand volley or a break point.

We are really lucky to have to deal with a family like that," he told.

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The 1959 and 1960 Roland Garros champion Nicola Pietrangeli congratulated Sinner, sharing his considerations on the victory and the match.

"Now everyone will say that they predicted it and knew it. I've been saying for days that now he, Jannik Sinner, is the man to beat, like the wanted gunslinger of the far west. Medvedev played the first two sets at a superhuman level Then another match was played and the stronger of the two tennis players won.

I can only say good luck to Jannik. I congratulate our federal president because now Italy is number one in the world in tennis. We have won the Davis Cup and a Slam after 48 years. Do we still want to talk about other countries?" said Pietrangeli.

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