Jannik Sinner became only the second player in the Open Era to win the Australian Open 2024 final after coming back from two sets down.
Jannik Sinner was behind by two sets in his maiden grand slam final, and his chances of fulfilling the ultimate dream were slipping fast. He seemed absolutely lost. Between points, he exchanged lengthy, searching looks with his teammates.
He even told them once that he was “dead”. Sinner’s inexperience stood in stark contrast to Daniil Medvedev, who appeared to know just what to do. Sinner dug deeper than ever before, and eventually managed to turn his circumstances around.
From the brink of defeat, the 22-year-old fourth seed staged the greatest comeback of his life, defeating Medvedev 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to earn his maiden grand slam title.
“It takes a little while to process everything,” Sinner told the Guardian. “I am quite pleased with how I handled things today. The scenario on the court was quite challenging. I believe the most crucial aspect was the support I received over these two weeks.
I felt like a lot of people were watching from home, so I simply did my best. I was in a little bit of difficulty today since I had two sets to love down in just over an hour. So I just tried to be optimistic.”
Sinner’s victory makes him only the third Italian to win a grand slam, and the first since Adriano Panatta in 1976. At 22 years and 165 days, he is the youngest player to win the Australian Open since Novak Djokovic in 2008, and the second man born in the 2000s to win a grand slam title, following Carlos Alcaraz.
The fact that only two men born in the 1990s won a grand slam trophy reflects the Big Three’s supremacy and how they have stifled a whole generation’s dreams.