Jannik Skinner Makes Valiant Comeback To Upset Medvedev In The Australian Open Final

Jannik Skinner

It took some moments after the final win before Jannik Sinner realized that he had come back from two straight sets down to win his first Grand Slam title.  The 22-year-old valiantly turned defense into a full-frontal attack in his first Grand Slam final in Melbourne on Sunday.

Jannik Skinner finally prevailed 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. It is his 3rd straight victory over a top 5 player. That includes his victory over Andrey Rublev, seeded at No.5, in the quarterfinals. But much more significant was his semifinal victory over Novak Djokovic. It ended the phenomenal Serb’s long domination over the tournament.

This is a feat that only Roger Federer and Djokovic have achieved in any major held on a hard court. Jannik Sinner thus becomes the first Italian to lift the Australian Open. He is also the youngest winner in the men’s section since Djokovic won his first back in 2008.

Jannik Skinner Never Allowed Medvedev A Breakpoint In The Sets He Won

With Wimbledon also being won by a newcomer, Carlos Alcaraz, there appears to be a gradual shift in the men’s section with the older generation giving way to the newcomers.

Jannik Skinner said that his Australian Open win had been an exciting event despite his young age of 22. Jannik Skinner thanked everyone concerned for making the Grand Slam eventful and special for him.

It was a tale of nerves for Medvedev. It was his fifth loss in six major finals. He set a record for the most time spent on court in a major during the tournament in the Open era. He has also lost two finals at the Australian Open. The first loss was in 2021 to Djokovic, the second to Rafael Nadal despite winning the first two sets in 2022. Sinner never gave Medvedev a chance of a break point as he held serve in the three sets he won.