WATCH: Jannik Sinner shows there is no quit in him in incredible double Davis Cup win over Novak Djokovic

Jannik Sinner

Jannik Sinner got his vengeance against Novak Djokovic in the Davis Cup semi-finals on Saturday, less than a week after they met in the Nitto ATP Finals title match.

He then teamed with Lorenzo Sonego for the decisive doubles match against Djokovic and Kecmanovic and was key to them getting their win.

The Italian saved three match points by escaping 0/40 at 4-5 in the final set and broke shortly after to grab control of an all-important match in Malaga, winning 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

Sinner’s heroics kept Italy in the semi-finals after Miomir Kecmanovic defeated Lorenzo Musetti 6-7(7), 6-2, 6-1 earlier in the day.

Sinner was pushed to the brink by Djokovic but continued his perfect performance in these Davis Cup engagements for Italy.

‘It was a roller coaster,” Sinner said of the epic two-hour, 35-minute victory against the year-end World No 1.

“I was starting off really well. Second set he played much better than me. Third set I tried to serve really well, and also on match points down I served well.

“Happy to still be in the competition. We were one point away from being out. Now we have a deciding doubles. We’ll have to chat [to decide] who’s going to play. We will give our best shot against them. Let’s see what’s coming.”

Sinner saved seven of the nine break points he faced in his showdown with the king of the break, and that included five in the last set, and all that with the added pressure of being the one that had to keep Italy’s Davis Cup hopes alive.

Djokovic offered up only one break point in the last two games, but Sinner took his opening with a forehand passing ball before serving out the match in nerveless fashion.

While Djokovic’s aggressive play paid dividends in the second and third sets, he was unable to draw Sinner into a rally on his three match points. The Italian then took advantage of his opponent’s momentary slump to earn his first break point since the first set, and he fired a forehand down the line past a stranded Djokovic to move firmly ahead.

Sinner built up a head of steam that would carry him to victory as he secured 13 of the match’s final 16 points.

The result also sees Sinner improve to 2-4 in his career head-to-head against Djokovic overall and squares things up at 2-2 for this season, with his previous win coming in the ATP Finals group stage just last week.

Their Malaga meeting was the second match this seasonm between the top ten stars to require a decisive set, with Sinner previously winning a third-set tie-break in his Turin win.

Sinner continued to be influential in the doubles bringing his power to bear in firing Italy into the Davis Cup Final.

Sinner was able to keep the hammer down for Italy and come up with big shots in the big moments.

Sonego and Sinner secured a 6-3, 6-4 doubles win that sent Italy into the final.

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