Jannik Sinner is a Grand Slam champion.
The 22-year-old became the youngest Italian player ever to capture a major tennis championship Sunday night by defeating Daniil Medvedev, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, in the Australian Open men’s final in Melbourne.
The No. 4-seed Sinner overcame a two-set deficit for only the second time as a professional to edge the third-seeded Medvedev and become the first Italian champion of the Australian Open.
Upon winning the match in three hours and 44 minutes, the victorious Sinner collapsed on his back at the baseline and absorbed the moment.
Sinner became the youngest man to win the Australian Open since 21-year-old Novak Djokovic won the tournament in 2008. Coincidentally, Sinner upset the top-seeded Djokovic in the semifinals of this year’s tournament.
The match was even more competitive than the close score might indicate. Of the 283 points played, Sinner won 142 or them to Medvedev’s 141.
Medvedev is the first player in the Open era to lose two Grand Slam finals after holding a two-set lead. He also lost the ’22 Australian Open final, to Rafael Nadal, after winning the first two sets.
Sinner is the first Italian man to win a Grand Slam tournament since Adriano Panatta captured the 1976 French Open title. Medvedev set an Open-era record by spending 24 hours and 17 minutes on court during the tournament, including four matches that went to five sets.
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