Janik Sinner staged a surprising comeback to defeat Danlil Medvedev 3-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-3 to clinch the Australian Open men’s singles title at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday. Sinner had reached the summit clash after ousting top seed Novak Djokovic in the semi-final of the tournament.
Third-seeded Medvedev entered the competition as the first man since Pete Sampras nearly three decades ago to reach the final after several comebacks from two sets down and he got off to a fast start to easily pass the first set with a double break.
Medvedev’s only previous loss in 51 hard-court Grand Slam matches after winning the first set came at Melbourne Park in the 2022 final and the 27-year-old Russian nicknamed the ‘Octopus’ got a tentacle on the trophy, propelling the next set.
He first dethrones the unwavering force of Novak in SF. Then showed incredible combativeness to come back from 2 sets down to win the final against Medvedev. Jannik Sinner has all the ingredients to be the torchbearer of men’s tennis for the next decade pic.twitter.com/rAhHxQfVAj
– Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) January 28, 2024
Sinner missed an easy forehand pass at the net after a 31-shot rally in the 10th game of the third set, but shrugged back to break Medvedev and win the set, beginning his comeback in the clash that suddenly had a different feeling.
The Italian saved a break point at 3-3 in a tense fourth set with a big ace and pounced again on Medvedev’s serve late to level the match at two sets apiece, before a vital break for a 4-2 lead in the deciding match doesn’t put it. On the road to victory.
(With inputs from Reuters)
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