In a demanding five-set Australian Open final on Sunday, Jannik Sinner overcame Daniil Medvedev after trailing two sets to one, capturing his maiden Grand Slam victory.
After being badly outplayed in the opening two sets, the fourth-seeded Italian player rallied to win 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, and 6-3 in three hours and forty-four minutes.
The outcome is a severe blow for the third-seeded Russian, who has now lost two Australian Open finals after leading two sets, the first being against Rafael Nadal in 2022.
Born on August 16, 2001, Jannik Sinner is an Italian professional tennis player. As of October 2, 2023, he has etched his name in history, securing the fourth-highest ranking among male Italian tennis players, a milestone he shares with Adriano Panatta, as confirmed by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Sinner was raised in South Tyrol, a German-speaking area of northern Italy. As a kid, he played football, tennis, and skiing. Sinner turned to tennis at the age of thirteen, moving to Bordighera on the Italian Riviera to study with seasoned coach Riccardo Piatti, having won a national championship in skiing at the age of eight. Sinner started competing in professional tennis competitions at the age of 16, despite having little success as a junior. At the age of 17, he became one of the rare players to win numerous ATP Challenger Tour championships. Following his ascent to the top 100 and his victory at the Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan, he was named the 2019 ATP Newcomer of the Year.
Sinner made the decision to switch from football and skiing to tennis at the age of 13. Because he wanted to play against an opponent directly and have greater leeway for a whole match, he preferred it over skiing. In addition, he desired to play an individual sport where he would have complete control over his play—a chance he would not have in a team sport like football. His parents backed him when he made the independent decision to go to Bordighera on the Italian Riviera in order to train with Riccardo Piatti and Massimo Sartori at the Piatti Tennis Centre. Sinner resided at the center with the family of one of his trainers, Luka Cvjetković.
Jannik Sinner, who ended the Big Three's supremacy at the Australian Open, said, "Tennis needs the next generation." "Obviously, winning the tournament is an incredible achievement," he remarked. "I'm really pleased with my performance here. Let's see what else we have in store."
“On athleticism, God knows no favor. It seems rather he is in the business of teaching winners how to lose and losers how to win.” ― Criss Jami