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Australian Open: Sinner stops “shocked” Djokovic in Melbourne

Australian Open: Sinner stops “shocked” Djokovic in Melbourne

The King of Melbourne has been dethroned. Novak Djokovic suffered a bitter defeat in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. His opponent reaches the final of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.

The Italian Jannik Sinner disenchanted defending champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Australian Open and ended the Serb’s mega series in Melbourne. Sinner beat the world number one 6:1, 6:2, 6:7 (6:8), 6:3 and is now in the final of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. The 22-year-old converted his second match point after 3:22 hours.

For Djokovic, who has won the Australian Open ten times, it was the first semi-final defeat in his favorite tournament ever. It was his first defeat on the Yarra River in 2,195 days. The last time he had to admit defeat was South Korean Chung Hyeon in the round of 16 in 2018. He then won 33 games in a row in Melbourne.

Djokovic: “Jannik completely dominated me today”

“That was one of my worst Grand Slam matches I’ve ever played. I was shocked at the level I played,” said Djokovic frustrated after the game. “To be honest, I didn’t play well the whole tournament. Jannik completely dominated me today and completely deserved to win.”

In the final on Sunday, Sinner will face either Alexander Zverev or the Russian Daniil Medvedev. The two arch-rivals will face each other in the second semi-final from 9.30 a.m. (CET/Eurosport).

“It was a very difficult game. I started really well and had the impression that he wasn’t feeling really well,” said Sinner after his impressive performance. “I lost to him in the Wimbledon semifinals last year, I learned a lot from that,” said the Italian. “Being in the final is great. I’ll go out on the pitch with a smile.”

Sinner started furiously in the Rod Laver Arena and immediately took Djokovic’s serve. The world number one seemed strangely inhibited and made many avoidable mistakes. Sinner, who had already won two of three duels with Djokovic at the end of last year, didn’t even need to play his best tennis to take the first set 6-1 after just 35 minutes.

Sinner breaks again in the fourth set

In the second round, the Italian also dictated the action at will in what was only his second semi-final at Grand Slam level. Djokovic appeared unusually emotionless on his absolute favorite place and let the events unfold without much emotion.

Only when he fended off a break ball at 2:4 did the Serb push himself. The crowd was immediately there and tried to push Djokovic forward. But Sinner stayed cool and took the second set after just 73 minutes. At this point, Djokovic had made 29 slight mistakes – the 36-year-old had never felt so bad in Melbourne.

It was only in the third round that Djokovic improved and discovered his fighting heart. But Sinner continued to serve incredibly well and didn’t allow the Serb a single break point in the entire match. Nevertheless, Djokovic saved himself in the fourth set, also because he was able to fend off a match point in the tiebreak. But Sinner stayed focused, managed the break to make it 3-1 in the fourth set and was unstoppable after that.

Source: Stern

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