In an extraordinary comeback, Jannik Sinner fulfilled the Grand Slam promise he had long held by overcoming Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final.
The 22-year-old Italian found himself trailing by two sets but rallied impressively, clinching victory with a 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 triumph in his debut major final.
Sinner’s resilience became evident as he adapted to Medvedev’s pace. His path to the final included a notable victory over Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.
Sinner’s victory, sealed with a forehand winner, etched his name in history as only the third Italian male to win a Grand Slam event, following in the footsteps of Nicola Pietrangeli and Adriano Panatta.
The epic nearly four-hour battle culminated in a celebratory fall to the baseline for Sinner, leaving Medvedev to acknowledge defeat and reflect on the challenges faced during a competitive Australian Open final.
Third Australian Open finals loss for Medvedev
The defeat marked another bitter experience for Medvedev, who also squandered a two-set lead in the 2022 final against Rafael Nadal.
Third seed Medvedev has lost five of his six major finals, including back-to-back finals to Djokovic in 2021 and Nadal in 2022 at Melbourne Park.
Despite Medvedev’s initial attacking approach suffocating Sinner, the match’s outcome hinged on endurance, with Medvedev having spent 6 hours more on court throughout the tournament.
“It hurts to lose in the final but probably being in the final is better than losing before,” Medvedev said. “I always want to win and I guess I have to try harder next time.”
This is what Sinner had to say to Daniil Medvedev on winning the Australian Open 2024:
“Hello everyone. First of all, Daniil congrats to you and your team for an amazing tournament. We’ve played so many amazing finals together, but every match I find something where I can improve and you make me a much better player.
“Your effort has been awesome throughout the whole tournament and the hours off the court and also today, running for every ball, it is remarkable to see.
“I also hope you can lift the trophy here. I am sure you can so I wish you the best for the rest of the season.”
Sinner on winning
“My team, everyone in the box and also watching from home who works with me. We are trying to get better every day. Even during the tournament we were trying to get stronger, trying to understand the situation a bit better so I am so glad to have you there supporting me and understanding me which sometimes is not easy because I am still a little but young. It is what it is.
“I just want to thank everyone. Most importantly the support has been crazy. You guys make me feel at home, so thank you so much. It’s a court with 15,000 people but it feels like much more, so thank you so much.”
Jannik particularly thanked his parents for his success, saying he hopes other children have similar parents who give them the freedom from pressure to achieve their goals.
“Everyone who is watching from home, especially my family. I wish that everyone could have my parents because they always let me choose whatever I wanted to and even when I was younger, they never put pressure on myself. I wish this freedom is possible for as many young kids as possible, so thanks so much to my parents.
“That’s it, I don’t know what else to say. See you next year.”