Jannick Sinner reveals the secret to beating Novak Djokovic

Jannik Sinner beat Novak Djokovic in the semi-final of the Australian Open (Picture: Getty)

Jannik Sinner caused a major upset, beatingNovak Djokovic to reach the Australian Open men’s final, ending the 10-time champion’s career unbeaten streak in semifinals at Melbourne Park.

The 22-year-old Italian broke Djokovic’s serve twice in each of the first two sets but missed a match point in the third set of a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-3 victory that earned him a place in a Grand Slam final for the first time.

He’ll play either third-seeded Daniil Medvedev or No. 6 Alexander Zverev for the championship on Sunday.

Djokovic’s bid for a record-extending 11th Australian and 25th major title overall will have to wait.

He hadn’t lost a match at Melbourne Park since 2018 and was on a 33-match winning streak at the season’s first major. Every previous time he’d won a quarterfinal in Australia, Djokovic had gone on to win the hardcourt title.

On this occasion, however, despite claiming the third set tie break, he had no answer to an opponent who has now won three of their last four meetings.

Sinner was asked in his on court post-match interview what the secret of his success was to toppling the world’s best player and although he refused to give a full tactical debrief, he hinted that moving his opponent around the court as much as possible is imperative.

It was a rare off day for Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open (Picture: Getty)
Jannik Sinner has now beaten Novak Djokovic in three of their last four meetings (Picture: Getty)

‘I don’t know – ask him!’ joked Sinner when asked why Djokovic has found him such an awkward customer to face in recent times.

‘I think we play really similar and you have to first of all return as many times as possible. He is also an incredible server.’

He added: ‘It was a very tough match. I started off really well for two sets. I felt that he wasn’t feeling too great on court and I kept pushing.

‘Then, in the third set, I missed match point but you know this is tennis and I just tried to be ready for the next set. I started really well and obviously the atmosphere was really great.

‘I was looking forward for this match. It’s always nice to have this kind of player where you can learn from. I lost last year in the semis in Wimbledon. I learned a lot from that, it’s all part of the process.’

Djokovic took time out to offer his advice to Sinner following their first competitive match in Monte Carlo back in 2021.

Asked how much he’d improved since then, the Italian said: ‘I had the chance when I was younger to practice with him in Monaco and the process of learning from the best players in the world started.

‘Move the ball a little bit more, be a little bit unpredictable. The serve has improved a lot but I have the feeling I can still improve a lot.

‘I have a great team behind me and will keep pushing.’


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