Jannik Sinner will play for an Australian Open title for the first time in his career. The 22-year-old Italian needed to take down world No.1 Novak Djokovic to reach this far.
Not even a missed match point in the third set could deny Sinner of the chance to win a major in Melbourne Park, The world No.4 ended Djokovic’s 10-year reign with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-3, in their semifinals match.
The victory means Sinner also becomes the first player to reach the Australian Open final since 2008 when Djokovic won his first title. The 6-foot-2 right-hander faces either world No.3 Daniil Medvedev or No.6 Alexander Zverev in Sunday’s final.
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“I lost last year (to Djokovic) in the semis at Wimbledon. I think I learned a lot from that and that it’s all part of the process,” Sinner said.
Sinner needed three hours and 23 minutes to pull off the win. It could have been shorter but the Italian missed a match point that dragged the match to a fourth set.
The loss prevented Djokovic from winning his 11th major in Melbourne. The Serbian also remained tied with Margaret Court for most overall titles at 24.