Australian Open stunned as Jannik Sinner defeats Novak Djokovic in semi-final


Novak Djokovic is out of the Australian Open after crashing to a shock loss to fourth seed Jannik Sinner.

The 10-time champion showed his trademark fight, but was left with too much to do after a nightmare start to the match where he lost the first two sets in quick time.

Sinner, 22, showed experience beyond his age to recover from the third set blip and wrap up the 6-1 6-2 6-7(6) 6-3 victory in three hours and 20 minutes.

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The Serbian superstar looked out of sorts from the get go and committed a staggering 29 unforced errors in the first two sets.

It was just the third time in Djokovic’s career he had won three games or less in the first two sets of a grand slam match.

Djokovic found his trademark range in the third set to force a tiebreaker and incredibly saved a match point before sending the match into a fourth set and raise hopes of a miraculous comeback.

Sinner is through to the Australian Open final. Credit: AAP

However, any momentum the Serb had was quickly halted early in the fourth set when Sinner broke in the fourth game.

The Italian then showed his class to safely serve out the biggest win of his career.

The loss was Djokovic’s first at Melbourne Park since 2018 and keeps him on 24 grand slam titles, equal with Margaret Court for most of all-time.

It was also the first time Djokovic has lost a semi-final or final at the Australian Open.

The tennis world was shocked by what unfolded early on.

Sinner takes the first set 6-1 in 35 minutes. I thought Sinner had a great chance today; I didn’t expect Djokovic to look so hopeless out of the gates. Still a long way to go,” prominent journalist Ben Rothernberg tweeted.

“Jannik Sinner leads Novak Djokovic 6-1. Jannik was amazing but Nole just… horrendous,” Jose Morgado wrote before adding, “Even Rod Laver is shocked.”

While the focus was largely on Djokovic’s flat performance, nothing should be taken away from Sinner’s remarkable effort.

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