Jannik Sinner and the lack of explanation for the exceptionally successful performance against Novak Djokovic

Jannik Sinner and the lack of explanation for the exceptionally successful performance against Novak Djokovic

Jannik Sinner beat Novak Djokovic in two straight tournaments, and Italy qualified for the Davis Cup final. At the end of the meeting in Malaga, Darren Cahill’s pupil tried to explain his outstanding performance.

Jannik SinnerPhoto: IMAGO / imago sportfotodienst / Profimedia

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Jannik Sinner doesn’t know how he saved three consecutive match points against Novak Djokovic

Sinner became the first player in history to beat Djokovic after saving three consecutive match points (at 4-5 and 0-40 in the deciding set) and the Italian said he didn’t know how he did it.

“I don’t know (how he saved three balls of the match – no). I honestly have no idea. It was a rollercoaster match, we started really well. In the second set, he played better than me. In the third set, I tried to serve well all the time, and when he had those match points I was able to hit my best serve.

I am happy that I stayed in the competition. We were one step away from elimination, but we passed that critical moment when they had the chance to go further

It means a lot (to beat Djokovic twice in 11 days – no). Before the match, we talk about the fact that we will have a very important test today. Then I think we also thought of a good tactic and obviously the execution of it was a little different, but I think I have to be proud of how we handled the situation.

I am very happy for the team and tomorrow (Sunday – no) we will have a good chance. We will try to be as relaxed as possible, keep a smile, which is also important. For me this is the first time we will be able to play in the Davis Cup final, which means a lot to us” – Jannik Sinner.

Italy – Serbia 2-1, in the Davis Cup semi-finals

Lorenzo Musetti – Miomir Kecmanovic 7-6(7), 2-6, 1-6

Jannik Sinner – Novak Djokovic 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

Jannik Sinner / Lorenzo Sonego – Novak Djokovic / Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3, 6-4.

To learn:

  • Novak Djokovic has won 21 straight singles for Serbia in the Davis Cup. His last loss was in 2011 (he retired in the match against Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals). The last to beat Nole on court in this competition were Spaniards David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal (2009).
  • Italy will duel in the final action with Australia, a finalist for the 49th time in this competition (they have won 28 titles, the last time was in 2003).
  • Italy won the Davis Cup in 1976 and played in six more finals (1960, 1961, 1977, 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1998).

Davis Cup 2023 – The composition of the two finalists:

Australia: Alex De Minaur, Alexei Popyrin, Max Purcell, Jordan Thompson, Matthew Ebden. Captain: Lleyton Hewitt

Italy: Jannik Sinner, Lorenzo Musetti, Matteo Arnaldi, Lorenzo Sonego, Simone Bolelli. Captain: Filippo Volandri.

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