Italian fourth seed Jannik Sinner pulled off a major upset by defeating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-final. The 22-year-old secured his spot in his first Grand Slam final with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 victory, ending Djokovic’s bid for an 11th title and a record-extending 25th major.
Sinner displayed remarkable resilience, regrouping after missing a match point in the tie-break of the third set. His dominance in the first two sets was evident, pressuring Djokovic into uncharacteristic errors and denying him any break points. Djokovic, known for his exceptional comebacks, managed to force a fourth set but couldn’t sustain the momentum.
This defeat marks Djokovic’s first at the Australian Open since 2018 and ends his 33-match winning streak at Melbourne Park. Sinner will face either Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev or German sixth seed Alexander Zverev in the final.
Sinner, the first Italian to reach a Melbourne singles final, highlighted the toughness of the match and expressed his readiness for the upcoming final. The Italian’s growth and mental toughness were evident throughout the match, reflecting a new generation challenging the dominance of established players.
The Australian Open men’s singles trophy will have a new name on it, emphasizing the emergence of young talents in the tennis world.