Boris Becker, the former coach of the ATP No.1 Novak Djokovic, analyzed Nole's defeat at the Australian Open 2024. The Serbian tennis player was defeated in four sets by Jannik Sinner, eventual winner of the tournament. The German focused on the particular reaction of the 24-time Slam champion once he left the court after the defeat in the Melbourne semi-final.
"Novak's reaction after the defeat was surprising. We don't usually see him so relaxed after defeats. Novak probably realized that his form wasn't the best in Melbourne this year. Moreover, Jannik simply played better than him.
Novak admitted it, and that's what makes a tennis player a champion. Jannik's victory wasn't surprising, but the way he achieved it was. Sinner remained calm and served well throughout the match.
Novak is the best of all time in return and Sinner still failed to score a match point in the third set tie-break. This is the story of the match. Novak hasn't been at his best in Melbourne this year, struggling to find pace from the baseline in almost every game. What he had wasn't enough to beat Jannik," Becker told Eurosport.
After the Australian Open semifinal
Fourteen days have now passed since the semi-final played by Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner at the Australian Open. The Italian managed to keep calm after failing to convert a match point in the tie-break of the third set and closed the dispute in four sets with the awareness that distinguishes the best.
The Serbian did not express his usual level and a probably different reaction was expected at the end of the third half of the game. However, once the match point was canceled out and he remained in the match, Djokovic continued to suffer the power of Sinner's shots and surrendered 3-6.
The Serb will try to set himself new important goals starting in the next few weeks: in March he will return to play Indian Wells after years of absence.