A historic achievement
No Italian tennis player had ever won the Australian Open, and it had been 48 years since an Italian won a Grand Slam tournament (Adriano Panatta was the last, winning the Roland Garros in Paris in 1976): Jannik Sinner today made history for Italian tennis by triumphing in the final against Russian Medvedev, the number 3 seed in the ATP rankings.
Jannik Sinner had defeated the favorite Novak Djokovic 3 sets to 1 in the semifinal, while Medvedev had come back from 0-2 to 3-2 against German Zverev. The six more hours played in this Slam by Medvedev compared to Sinner (24 to 18) evidently took their toll in today’s final.
Medvedev seemed in control of the match after winning the first two sets 6-2. In the third set, Sinner reversed the momentum, winning 6-4, the same score with which he secured the fourth set before closing 6-3 in the fifth and deciding set.
On Twitter, both the official F1 account and Scuderia Ferrari congratulated Jannik Sinner for this feat at the end of a marathon lasting almost four hours. ‘Kudos’ was the word chosen by the Maranello Scuderia, a Greek word with various meanings, including ‘congratulations’ and ‘applause,’ well-deserved for the 2001-born talent who brought Italy back to the top of the world in a Grand Slam Tennis tournament.
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) January 28, 2024