Sinner Stuns Medvedev, Wins 2024 Australian Open

Jannik Sinner (photo: Tennis Australia/Hamish Blair)


Jannik Sinner has clinched the title of the 2024 Australian Open. The No. 4 seed came back from a two-set deficit to outlast third favourite Daniil Medvedev of Russia 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in Sunday’s singles final in Melbourne.

In his first Grand-Slam championship match, Sinner overcame a slow start on Rod Laver Arena, secured the decisive break in the sixth game of the final set and closed the match out with a firm forehand winner after three hours and 44 minutes.

Sinner, a winner of 10 ATP Tour titles, who knocked out 10-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, was physically the fitter player in the end and celebrated his maiden triumph at a major tournament.

The youngster from South Tyrol is now only the third Italian male to win a Grand Slam event in tennis history, after Nicola Pietrangeli (French Open 1959 and 1960) and Adriano Panatta (French Open 1976). Sinner is the 28th different champion of the men’s singles in the Open Era at the Australian Open.

Since 2000, he is the fourth player to win Down Under before turning 23 after Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

“Daniil. Congrats to you and your team. You always make me a much, much better player,” Sinner told Medvedev during the trophy ceremony.

“I hope you can also lift this trophy but I wish you the best for the rest of the season.

“My team. Everyone who is in the box. We’re trying to get better, stronger every day. Trying to understand me can be difficult because I’m a little bit young, still, but it is what it is.

“My parents let me choose whatever I wanted when I was young so I have to thank you.

“That’s it. I don’t know what else to say.”

Medvedev: “I hope I can try to get the next one”

“It’s three finals in a row, but congratulation Jannik, you deserved it,” said Medvedev during the trophy ceremony.

“I’m gonna try to make it next time. I just want to thank everyone. Probably losing in the final is better than before (the final). I will try harder next time.”