As soon as the tenth game point of the fifth set was determined at Melbourne Park, Yannick Sinner lay down on the blue court of Rod Laver Arena with his arms and legs spread on both sides. No, the 22-year-old Italian tennis star did not succumb to despair. Sinar won his first career Grand Slam, ending his country’s 48-year wait. That too turned around from the edge of the ditch.
Sinar lost the first two sets 6-3, 6-3 in his first Grand Slam final of the year against third seed Daniil Medvedev. Many saw the end of the Italian young tennis star’s dream journey. But Sinar refused to give up so easily. 6-4 in the third set against the Russian tennis star.
Maintained consistency in the fourth set. He won by the same margin and took the match to the fifth set. 22-year-old Sinar wrote his name in history by winning the last set 6-3. Cinner is the 28th Australian Open boys’ singles winner in the Open era.
In cricket today, West Indies defeated Australia in a test after 27 years on Australian soil. Shamar Joseph set a record with incredible bowling on the way to making history for the young Windies team. Then Australians saw Sinner’s history in tennis.
The tournament’s fourth seed has become the first tennis star in Italian history to win the Australian Open. Only two Italians have tasted Grand Slam titles before. In between, Pietrangeli won the French Open in 1959 and 1960. Adriano Panatta became the second Italian to win the French Open in the 1976 season.
However, in one place Sinar has surpassed the two natives. Ciner is the youngest Italian male and female Grand Slam winner in the open era by winning the Australian Open at just 22 years and 165 days. Not only in Italian history, but in 2008 he became the second youngest player in Australian Open history after Novak Djokovic. Ciner is the third-youngest Australian Open winner in the history of the open era.
Sina is only the second under-23 tennis player in the open era to win a Grand Slam final after trailing in the first two sets. Earlier in 1974, at the age of 18 years and 10 days, Bjorn Borg had the last laugh despite losing the first two sets in the final of the French Open.
On the other hand, Medvedev can blame his luck. The Russian tennis star had to return empty-handed after losing the Australian Open final three times in the last four seasons. However, despite losing the first two sets against Alexander Zverev in the semifinals, he made a great comeback to reach the finals.
Medvedev’s name also appears in some records of losing in the final. The Russian tennis star became only the second player in the open era to lose his first three career finals at the Australian Open. Earlier, British star Andy Murray had lost his first three Australian Opens.
Medvedev is the only player in the Open Era to lose in the first two sets at a different Grand Slam. Earlier, Medvedev came back empty-handed in two sets against Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2022 Australian Open.