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Australian Open 2024 Final Highlights: Jannik Sinner sinks Daniil Medvedev to lift maiden Grand Slam title

Published at :January 28, 2024 at 6:22 PM
Modified at :January 30, 2024 at 7:39 PM
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Jannik Sinner outclassed Novak Djokovic in their Australian Open 2024 semi-final encounter, avenging his loss at the Nitto ATP Finals summit clash last November. Sinner won a one-sided match 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-3 on Friday, ending Djokovic’s bid for a record 10th title in Melbourne. He has beaten the world number one in three of their last four meetings.

Sinner is now the youngest Australian Open finalist since Djokovic in 2008 when the Serbian won his first Grand Slam at age 20. The fourth-seeded Italian dominated the proceedings against Djokovic, except for a brief lapse in the third set when he missed a match point in the tiebreak.

No matter the outcome, Jannik Sinner has already made history by becoming the first Italian to reach the Australian Open final. Winning the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup would be the crowning achievement of his career. Daniil Medvedev will try to stop him and become the first Russian to win in Melbourne since Marat Safin in 2005.

Medvedev pulled off a remarkable comeback from two sets down to beat Alexander Zverev 5-7, 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(5), 6-3. It was the second time in the tournament that the Russian rallied from two sets behind – he also did it against Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori in the second round.

Zverev seemed to have the match under control after taking the first two sets easily. However, the 2012 U.S. Open champion refused to give up and turned the match around to reach his third final in four years at Melbourne

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It is fitting that Jannik Sinner vs Daniil Medvedev meets for the first time in 2024 at a Grand Slam final. After all, four of their previous five encounters have been at finals. Medvedev will be the third Russian after Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 1999 and Marat Safin in 2005 to win at Melbourne should he get past Jannik Sinner. 

Sinner will have the support of his entourage of carrot-costumed fans who have followed him from Italy. Sinner is the first Italian, male or female, to reach the Australian Open final and will be betting on converting the appearance to a win. In 2023, the Italian reached quite a few milestones – winning his maiden Masters 1000 title in Toronto, reaching the ATP Finals decider, and ending the year as the World No. 4. He has a chance to climb up the ATP rankings to a career-high No. 3 if he gets past Medvedev on Sunday. 

Head-to-head records

Matches  – 9

Jannik Sinner  – 6

Daniil Medvedev  – 3

While Medvedev leads the head-to-head against Sinner, the Italian has won their last three matches and is 3-2 in 2023. Four of the five times they have crossed paths in the 2023 season have been in the finals (Rotterdam, Miami, Beijing, Vienna) and one semifinal (Nitto ATP Finals – Turin). Medvedev won at Rotterdam and Miami, while Sinner took wins at Beijing and Vienna. Their final game of 2023 at Turin went the Italian’s way, with a 6-3 6-7(4) 6-1 win.  

Where and how to watch the live streaming and TV broadcast of Jannik Sinner vs Daniil Medvedev, Australian Open 2024 final in India?

On Sunday (28th January), the Rod Laver Arena will host the 2024 Australian Open final between Jannik Sinner and Daniil Medvedev, starting at 7:30 PM in Melbourne (2 PM IST). Sony Network in India will provide comprehensive coverage of the final, where a new champion will emerge in 2024.

The network caters to both TV and online audiences. The Sony Ten network broadcasts the final to TV screens across the nation, while SonyLiv is the preferred choice for streaming the yearly event. It offers on-demand access for tennis fans in India.

Prediction

Jannik Sinner is better placed to win his maiden Grand Slam title at the 2024 Australian Open. The Italian reached the final without dropping a set until his match with defending champion Novak Djokovic. The World No. 4 snapped Djokovic’s 33-match win streak at Melbourne in 2018. 

Sinner progressed with few hiccups into the finals, while Medvedev was made to sweat. Four of the six matches played by Medvedev at the 2024 Australian Open lasted five sets. Even the Russian’s first-round match against French qualifier Terence Atmane may have gone that way but was cut short due to Atmane’s unfortunate retirement from the game.

Medvedev spent eight hours and thirty minutes on the court in the quarterfinals and semifinals put together, while Sinner completed the formalities in six. This could be a factor when Sinner and Medvedev walk onto the tennis court for Sunday’s final, as the Italian will be better rested.

Both players have a 6-0 win on hard courts in 2024. The script follows a similar story in 2023 – Medvedev with 66 wins and 18 losses to Sinner’s 61 wins and 15 losses. There is not much to tell them apart in terms of titles won in 2023 – Daniil Medvedev (5) and Jannik Sinner (4),  all of them coming on hard courts.

Result: Jannik Sinner to win in five sets. 

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