Seven sensational stats and facts from Jannik Sinner’s sublime win over Novak Djokovic

Shahida Jacobs
Jannik Sinner in action
Jannik Sinner of Italy focused during his match

Novak Djokovic’s long unbeaten run at the Australian Open has come to an end as Jannik Sinner produced a performance for the ages to end the defending champion’s 2024 campaign in the semi-final.

Many tennis pundits had predicted before the tournament that Sinner was the one player who could stop Djokovic from winning an 11th title at Melbourne Park and they have turned out to be right.

The Italian, though, could hardly have scripted things better as he came away with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 victory after three hours and 22 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

He came within a whisker of wrapping up the victory in three sets, but Djokovic saved a match point during the third-set tie-breaker although Sinner was not to be denied a set later.

Djokovic was 20-0 in semi-final and final matches at the Australian Open before the match, but that record has now been ended.

Here are some other sensational statistics and figures from the victory.

– Jannik Sinner became only the fourth player to breadstick Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open after winning the opening set 6-1. Click here for the full list.

– Novak Djokovic started the encounter on a 33-match unbeaten run – the longest run at the Australian Open in the Open Era – but Sinner made sure it wasn’t a case of 34 not out. This was Djokovic’s first match at Melbourne Park since he was defeated in the fourth round by Hyeon Chung in 2015, which was 2,195 days ago.

– Novak Djokovic didn’t have a single break point on the Jannik Sinner serve, which is the first time it has happened to the Serbian in Grand Slams. Sinner, on the other hand, converted five of the 11 break points he had.

– Jannik Sinner is the first Italian player – man or woman – in history to reach the singles final of the Australian Open.

– Jannik Sinner is only one win away from becoming only the second Italian male player to win a Grand Slam with Adriano Panatta the first to achieve the feat at the 1976 French Open. Francesca Schiavone (2010 French Open) and Flavia Pennetta (2015 US Open) also won majors for Italy.

– Jannik Sinner is the first Italian male player since the ATP Rankings were introduced in 1973 to defeat the world No 1 in a Grand Slam). It was 23-0 before the match, but Sinner made it 23-1.

– Aged 22 years and 163 days, Jannik Sinner is the youngest finalist in the men’s singles draw of the Australian Open since Novak Djokovic in 2008.

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