Sinner beats Djokovic, flies to the final of the 2024 Australian Open

The blue defeats the Serbian in the semifinals in 4 sets. For the first time the South Tyrolean is in the final of a Slam

Jannik Sinner beats Novak Djokovic in the semifinals at the 2024 Australian Open and flies to the final. The Italian, number 4 in the world, beats the Serbian, number 1 in the ranking, 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 in 3h21′ and will play for the first time in his career a final in a Slam tournament. The 22-year-old from South Tyrol won the challenge on the pitch of the Rod Laver Arena with an almost perfect performance. On Sunday he will face the winner of the second semi-final, scheduled between the Russian Daniil Medvedev and the German Alex Zverev.

The match

Sinner opens the match by holding the initial serve and taking advantage of Djokovic’s 4 errors, evidently still cold. The Serbian doesn’t get going and immediately gives his opponent a break point: the blue ends the game with a winning backhand, 2-0. The world number 1 continues to make mistakes from the baseline, without finding the measure in the exchanges which are already traveling at a frenetic pace (3-0).

Djokovic stays afloat in the first set by canceling a break point that would have effectively closed the set and wins the first game (3-1). Sinner doesn’t find the first ball consistently (below 60%) but doesn’t pay the price and doesn’t hit the ball (4-1). Djokovic is not there, he continues to make mistakes (15 unforced errors) and suffers another break which allows a Sinner to fly towards an easy 6-1.

The script does not change at the start of the second set. Sinner is a hammer, while Djokovic’s backhand goes out of bounds repeatedly. In the third game, the world number 4 gets 2 break points: Nole makes another mistake and finds himself down (1-2).

The blue goes like a train (4-2) and has the knockout blow available in the second set when Djokovic concedes another break point, with yet another backhand error (14 free errors in the second set), on 2 -4. Sinner doesn’t take advantage of the opportunity but is very good at building the second chance and making it a reality: 2-5. The blue does not tremblethe eighth game is perhaps the most complicated among those played on serve: Djokovic fights but is imprecise, doesn’t reach the break point and gives in 6-2. Sinner is ahead 2-0 after 1h12′ of monologue.

The blue tries to immediately attack the third set and gets a break point in the first game, with the possibility of splitting the match definitively. Djokovic, back against the wall, saves himself. In the fourth game, down 1-2, Sinner experiences the first critical moment of the match. Down 0-30, the blue player raised his head with a providential ace and then capitalized on his opponent’s errors (2-2).

Djokovic starts to find the angles and the winning shots increase: for the Serbian, after an hour and a half on the ropes, it becomes easier to hold serve (3-2). It proceeds smoothly, with the serving players in control. It is surprising, at least in part, if you consider that Sinner has to resort to the second ball once out of two in the third set. There are no opportunities for a break, Djokovic avoids trouble in the eleventh game, which requires 10 points. We go to the tie-break.

Sinner starts badly (0-2), recovers the mini-break and gets back on track (2-2) before Djokovic’s new break (2-4). The blue manages to close the gap again (4-4) and with 3 points in a row he takes the lead (5-4) and he gets a match point (6-5) which Djokovic cancels (6-6) in an exchange that leaves the Italian with more than one regret. The Serbian saves himself, puts the arrow and closes 8-6: the third set belongs to him, match reopened.

The fourth set begins under the banner of chances not exploited by the blue. In the second game Sinner has 3 non-consecutive break points available to give the match a boost. The world number 1 remains in the match and saves again (1-1). In the fourth game, the turning point. Djokovic, ahead 40-0, slips into a tunnel. Three gratuitous errors, a double fault, another error: Sinner thanks him and scores the break that allows him to break the balance (3-1) and extend the lead (4-1). The world number 4 chooses the right moment for a scoreless game and takes the lead 5-2. Sinner doesn’t tremble, he finishes 6-3: Djokovic is knocked out, Jannik is in the final of the Australian Open.