Australian Open Men’s Semifinals: Djokovic v Sinner, Medvedev v Zverev

by Staff | January 25th, 2024, 10:24 pm
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The final weekend of the first Grand Slam of the 2024 tennis season gets underway this afternoon in Melbourne.

Three of the four are back in this semifinal stage while newcomer Jannik Sinner is making his Australian Open final four debut.

Sinner will have to do something that has never been done before: beat Djokovic in the semifinals at the Australian Open.

The 22-year-old Italian has won two of his last three against Djokovic. The Serb, however, has been unstoppable in Melbourne winning 33 straight matches and 22 of his last 23 Grand Slam semifinals.

Sinner hasn’t dropped a set yet but after two days off, the Serb will be fresh and ready for battle.

Djokovic is seeking his 37th Grand Slam final and 11th at the Australian Open. Sinner has never been to a Slam final before.

“This is what I practice for, no? To play against the best players in the world,” said Sinner.

“Obviously, has an incredible record here, so for me it’s a pleasure to play against him, especially in the final stages of the tournament where things are a little bit more interesting.

“It’s gonna be tough, this, I know,” he said. “I will control the controllable, which is giving 100 per cent, having the right attitude, fighting for every ball.”

In the second semifinal, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev renew their rivalry for a 19th time. First at the Grand Slam stage.

Medvedev leads 11-7 winning five of their last six, all in 2023.

Medvedev has never lost in the Australian Open semifinals (2-0) while Zverev is a lackluster 1-5 in Slam semifinals.

“A lot of the times it came down to him being extremely confident last year, him playing some of the best tennis of his life, and me coming back from injury and not having the confidence in deciding moments,” said Zverev.

“He’s obviously extremely difficult to play, no question about it, he’s one of the best players in the world right now.”

In the last round, Medvedev needed five sets to deny Hubert Hurkacz while Zverev collected his best career win in a Slam beating No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz.


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27 Comments for Australian Open Men’s Semifinals: Djokovic v Sinner, Medvedev v Zverev

Wog Boy Says:

As I said, Sinner is man to beat this AO, not Nole, the most improved player in the last 12 months, by miles.

Everything comes to an end, so it’s Nole’s invincibility once he reaches SF of AO, couldn’t pick the better man to finish that invincibility.


Kjb Says:

If Djokovic takes set 3, he will win in 5.


chrisford1 Says:

Doubt it. This was one of those big games where Djokovic couldn’t find his A game. He won the 3rd, but I think he’ll be happy with that, just not getting swept in 3 sets by lopsided scores. One set for respectability, lose in 4.
Can’t win them all and Sinner looked good when I saw 4 games in set 2 before I stopped watching. It’s late in the US and I’ll catch the lowlights in the afternoon tomorrow after business.


Kjb Says:

@kjb

If Djokovic wins set 3. He wins in 5.

That didn’t age well.

Sinner has played great.


Wog Boy Says:

“This was one of those big games where Djokovic couldn’t find his A game.”

Exactly, best returner in the game could get one single break point in four sets and Sinner’s first serve was 58%?!


Wog Boy Says:

“should say “couldn’t get”


Van Persie Says:

Congrats, Sinner! And good luck in the final!

For Nole this was not a bad result given his form at this tournament. I would say, he did not look so motivated, as he was last year at the AO. He cannot win them all! And he is still Nr. 1.😉


chrisford1 Says:

Was going to mention even though he is going out a perfectly respectable semi-finalist, and 1200 points go away, he will still be number one. VP beat me to that. But it’s a good discussion thing as the AO will be done soon..

He gets to 411 somehow this year or next year he has a 100 more weeks as #1 than the next guy, Federer. 416 would be 8 years as #1.
He also has few points to defend until the French Open.

Djokovic is close to other records, like a triple Big ATP Titles sweep All 4 Slams, All 9 Masters, plus an ATP championship. Needs just Monte Carlo to make a triple.
Another French Open would be 4 career Slam Sweeps.
98 titles now, only Fed 103 and Connors 109 ahead of him. Bet he leads all by far with Big Titles. A lot of Rogers and Jimmy’s titles were ATP 250 level events.


Giles Says:

Music to my ears! Faker OUT!


skeeer Says:

Always thought Sinner had the tools to beat Djokovic. his game is BIG. But after Djoker squeezed out the TB, thought Sinner would let the nerves kick in. He’d never been here before. This time he did not and remained steady and his resolve was intact. My question is will he become consistent at what he does, big serve, big groundies, and separate himself from the rest? His transition game and volleys needs work.

Djoker looked mentally burned out, and his focus on his game was lacking, and that could have also been to Sinners doing. All credit to Sinner, will for sure watch the final now.


skeezer Says:

Always thought Sinner had the tools to beat Djokovic. his game is BIG. But after Djoker squeezed out the TB, thought Sinner would let the nerves kick in. He’d never been here before. This time he did not and remained steady and his resolve was intact. My question is will he become consistent at what he does, big serve, big groundies, and separate himself from the rest? His transition game and volleys needs work.

Djoker looked mentally burned out, and his focus on his game was lacking, and that could have also been to Sinners doing. All credit to Sinner, will for sure watch the final now.


Giles Says:

Piss off faker! Take a looooong break. 😱😱😱😱😱


Tennis Sweater Says:

I have seen well over 90% of Novak’s matches across his entire career. This loss was different. There are inevitabilities on and off the court. Hungry men like Sinner & Alcaraz is one, aging is another. And maybe the most pressing inevitability was hinted at by his dad last year. His dad the family patriarch said it was time to retire. Novak’s son is approaching adolescence. Teen age boys need their dad at home.


Madmax Says:

Giles,

I think you need to take a break – there is no need to use that kind of language here. At all.

Skeezer,

“skeezer Says:
Always thought Sinner had the tools to beat Djokovic. his game is BIG.”

It was a match I did not expect S to win, but boy he bounced about magnificently. I think that Nole was still in the game, but perhaps he just needed to fill up the tank a little.

Anyway, no 25th trophy this time, but he has done extremely well throughout the whole tournament and given plenty of hope to the fans!

This is turning into a bit of a shocker tournament.


Okiegal Says:

The commentators were saying that Novak seemed to be out of sorts from the get go. My first thought was that he was not wanting the daytime match. Then they mentioned it was not as hot like it usually is. I personally think the daytime match was the culprit, aside from Sinner being the biggest culprit! He played absolutely fantastic! He is such a likable kid. I love this guy! I definitely want him to lift the trophy, but it will be a tall order against Meddy, who seems to be able to retrieve anything and everything!! Will definitely watch the finals. I think hard hitting Sabalenka will defend her title.


chrisford1 Says:

Giles, you might want to read your own post link before posting it and commenting on it. In that Twitter link, it wasn’t Djokovic speculating a virus caught up with him. It was the poster, a Pavvy G, that said it.
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Quinwen Zheng’s biography seems to indicate she is on of the 1.1 billion Han ethnics in China born in Hubei equidistant to Wuhan and the 1st Han Chinese emperor’s tomb location – but she looks darker skinned with Mongolian/Korean features. Good for China anyways and for tennis biz, to have a top Chinese player again..She will be very rich, very soon!
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Also good to see the fans like so many Russian players while the tennis establishment has tried putting them in black hats and lionizing the Noble Ukrainian players of nearly unlimited moral authority. The establishment did not count on how personable and likeable players like Sabelenka, Andrey Rublev, and Daniil Medvedev are. Great ambassadors of how worthy and relatable so many Russians are.
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Funniest thing at the AO in interviews was asking Alcaraz, who is still learning English, what women players he liked watching. And his “freezing” was over thinking the reporter literally wanted to know what girls and MILFs he liked to ooggle and dream of sleeping with or declaring how hot they were.
Tennis is very PC now and players are coached in avoiding stepping in some cancel culture moment in press interviews.


chrisford1 Says:

And that includes the Belo-Russians!
And if Carlito could be honest and not crucified for it, I would not be surprised if Paula Badosa and Irene/Aryna Sabalenka are at or near the top of his “most watchable” list.


Wog Boy Says:

“….and lionizing the Noble Ukrainian players of nearly unlimited moral authority….”

Agree, and letting them of the hook when they test positive, like they did to drug cheat Dayana Yastremska.

It would be really poetic justice if “no flag” players lift the trophies.


Wog Boy Says:

It has been confirmed, Nole isn’t playing until 6th of March, his next tournament is IW, meaning he is playing sunshine double.

That’s what he was supposed to do after WTF, to take proper break and not playing DC and UC.

One thing is baffling me, sacking at the end of last year long time manager Eduardo Artaldi and his partner Elena stating that he is entering “new chapter” in his career?!
What “new chapter” and why would you do that at the end of your career knowing that Eduardo Artaldi was with you in all but one GSs he won, something doesn’t add up?


Alison hodge Says:

Okie I agree Sinner was the player to beat Novak, it seems fitting that he should be the one to now win the trophy, having said that it’s as you say Medvedev can get everything back so will be a tough match for him, all said one I’m looking forward to


Okiegal Says:

Al, I think the majority of the tennis world is wanting to see a new champion at the Aussie Open this year……just like they do at the Frenchy! Lol. The Aussie final will be a cracker! Enjoy!! 😊😊


Giles Says:

Wot? Faker won’t play till 6 March 2025? Yipeeee!


Alison hodge Says:

2024 Giles


Giles Says:

Alison. Lolol I know. But my eyes are reading 2025. Maybe it’s wishful thinking!


Giles Says:

Where oh where is XYZ? Licking his wounds no doubt!


zed Says:

Ask and ye shall receive Giles. I’m here and although I’m saddened that this was not GS #25 I am very happy that Janik has broken his cherry. Having said that, I would have been just as happy if Daniil had taken #2.

I’m looking forward to 418 weeks at number #1 for Novak because that will be literally TWICE Rafa’s 209 weeks at #1 (Giles you can check that on a calculator you little dimwitted man).


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