‘Almost beyond belief … never seen anything like it’: Djokovic blown away by sizzling Sinner in Aus Open boilover
Novak Djokovic is out of the Australian Open after Jannik Sinner ended his streak of 10 successive semi-final victories in a major boilover which also ends the Serbian star’s run of 33 straight unbeaten matches in Melbourne.
Sinner stunned the world No.1 from the outset and blitzed through the first two sets 6-1, 6-2. Djokovic halted the Italian’s run by winning the third in an intense tie-breaker 8-6 but Sinner regained the ascendacny to close out the shock upset 6-3 in the fourth.
After the first-set whitewash, Sam Smith on Nine commentary was awe-struck by Sinner’s dominance of Djokovic.
“I have never seen anything like this on this court when Novak is in the house. All of his first five service games, he has faced at least one break point. It is uphill right now for the champion.”
After Sinner continued to sizzle through the second set, Jim Courier added: “When was the last time Novak has been beaten 6-1, 6-2, at any tournament? You would have to take a good long look in the past for that. This has been almost beyond belief.”
Sinner came into the match in red-hot form – he had not dropped a set at the Open and he had defeated Djokovic in their most recent match-up in the Davis Cup semi-finals in November.
But the world No.4 had only reached the final-four of a grand slam once previously – at Wimbledon last year when he was eliminated by the Serb in straight sets.
Sinner has created his own piece of history with victory in Friday’s first semi-final, joining Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as just the third player to beat Djokovic at a grand slam, the ATP Finals and in Davis Cup.
World No.3 Daniil Medvedev or German No.6 seed Alexander Zverev, who take to Rod Laver Arena on Friday night, await the winner.