Sinner reveals how he beat Djokovic and Medvedev at the Australian Open

The Italian tennis player opened about the victories against the Serbian and the Russian in Melbourne

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Sinner reveals how he beat Djokovic and Medvedev at the Australian Open
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The defeat against Alexander Zverev at the US Open, reaching the fifth set after almost five hours of battle, was a turning point for Jannik Sinner. A defeat that came in truly extreme environmental conditions, with high temperatures and humidity, so much so that it pushed the Italian to go beyond his limits and make further significant steps forward in managing pressure.

"It was difficult mentally for me. I felt so close. From that moment I started to really work on myself. It's easy to say: That player is mentally strong. I kept repeating to myself: I'm mentally strong, but I have to improve I started to accept my mistakes and work on the little things that can make a difference," explained Jannik.

In the following months, Jannik won the titles in Beijing and Vienna, lost the final at the ATP Finals against Novak Djokovic and triumphed with Italy in the Davis Cup.

"I experienced the trip to Australia very calmly. Match with Djokovic? It's always a different match from the others. You play against a tennis player who has never lost in the semi-finals in that tournament and who has won 24 Slams. You always have to do the right thing, you have to be perfect tactically and mentally. I just tried to play point after point with the right mentality," Sinner said in an interview with Vogue.

In 2024 came the definitive culmination of all his progress. The victory at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and the Miami Open, as well as the semi-final lost in Indian Wells against Carlos Alcaraz. In the last act of the Australian Slam, the South Tyrolean completed the job with an impressive comeback against Daniil Medvedev.

"My goal, at a certain point, became to keep him on the pitch for as long as possible. I was waiting for my opportunities, the crowd was on my side. I gained confidence and got closer to his level. We're talking about the fifth set of a Slam final: a difficult situation to find yourself in. That's why I worked mentally, physically I was ready," he told.

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Jannik is the third tennis player of the 21st century to surpass $20 million in prize money

In 2024 Jannik achieved great victories, winning three of the four tournaments played and losing only in the semifinals against Carlos Alcaraz in Indian Wells. Important numbers that allowed Jannik to reach second position in the ATP world ranking, as well as dominating the ATP Race.

Sinner earned $4 million in Prize Money, obtained thanks to victories at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and the Masters 1000 in Miami. Furthermore, with these successes Jannik has achieved another curious record regarding the economic aspect.

Sinner, after Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek, is the third tennis player born in the 21st century to reach at least $20 million in prize money, with Carlos Alcaraz dominating this ranking with $29 million, just ahead of Iga in this amount.

Sinner follows but is increasingly closer in this ranking and at the moment he has reached 21,021,773 dollars, important numbers with the Australian Open which brought him 2 million dollars, Miami which brought him $1,100 million and, finally, Rotterdam which brought him $400 Thousand.

The semi-final at Indian Wells also did well, guaranteeing him $325,000. In short, rain of millions for Sinner who has no intention of stopping and has his sights set on other records. Now it's time for him to think about clay tournaments, starting with the tournament scheduled for Monday, the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo where Jannik defends last year's semi-final and wants to try to set his sights on first place in the ranking.

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