Australian Open 2024: Jannik Sinner claims first Grand Slam title in dramatic comeback win over Daniil Medvedev
After almost four hours, Jannik Sinner climbed back from a two-set deficit to win his first Grand Slam title with an emphatic 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 victory back against Daniil Medvedev. . Sinner became the first Italian to win the Australian Open since 1976, and is only the eighth man to successfully come back from two sets down in a major final.
Sinner fell to the floor after his win and took a moment to take it all in at Rod Laver Arena.
“We’re trying to get better every day, and even during the competition, trying to get stronger and understand the situation a little better,” said Sinner. “It’s not easy because I’m still a little young, but I want to thank everyone.”
Sinner, 22, is now the youngest male player to win the Australian Open since Novak Djokovic in 2008. As faith would have it, Sinner reached this final by beating Djokovic in the semi-final. He did not drop a set until his meeting with Djokovic, and that win was an achievement as Djokovic was riding a 33-match winning streak at the Australian Open and had never before lost final in Melbourne.
Prior to this tournament, Sinner’s deepest run had been reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2023.
It was the first Australian Open final since 2005 without any of the “Big 3” — Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Rodger Federer. Federer has officially retired, and Nadal had todue to injury.
Sinner was playing from behind, but he took the decisive fifth set through a strong comeback effort. Both players were visibly tired from the competitive battle. Medvedev had to survive three five-set matches to reach this final, and has been on court for a total of more than 20 times going into his match against Sinner. Medvedev, in fact, broke the record for the most sets ever played at a major tournament.
All that seems to have taken its toll on Medvedev as he needed his right leg taped in the fourth set. Medvedev has only won one Grand Slam title, but this was his third time playing in the Australian Open final. Medvedev is now 1-5 in Grand Slam finals overall. It was a painful loss, but he congratulated Pecaach for what he had done.
“Today, you showed why you deserved it,” Medvedev told Sinner. “You fought until the end, you managed to raise your level.”