The 21-year-old Italian defeated Daniil Medvedev in five sets to become the youngest champion since 1998
Jannik Sinner has etched his name in the history books! The 21-year-old Italian defeated Daniil Medvedev in five thrilling sets on Sunday to win the Australian Open and claim his first Grand Slam title.
Sinner, who was the fourth seed in the tournament, dropped the first two sets to Medvedev before staging a remarkable comeback to win 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. The victory makes him the youngest Australian Open champion since Lleyton Hewitt in 1998, and the first Italian man to ever win the title.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” Sinner said after the match. “I can’t believe I’m standing here as the champion of the Australian Open. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid, and to finally achieve it is just amazing.”
The win is the culmination of a meteoric rise for Sinner, who has been one of the most exciting young players on the tour in recent years. He reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the French Open in 2021, and his first semi-final at the US Open later that year.
Sinner’s victory at the Australian Open is a major breakthrough for Italian tennis. The country has produced some great players in the past, but no one has ever won a Grand Slam title in men’s singles. Sinner’s win is sure to inspire a new generation of young Italian players.
“This is a huge moment for Italian tennis,” Sinner said. “I hope it will inspire a lot of young kids to pick up a racquet and start playing. I want to show them that anything is possible if you work hard and believe in yourself.”
Sinner’s win at the Australian Open is a major upset, but it is also a well-deserved victory. He has been playing some of the best tennis of his career in recent months, and he proved that he has the ability to compete with the best players in the world.
“I’m just getting started,” Sinner said. “I have a lot of goals that I want to achieve in my career, and I’m not going to stop until I reach them.”