Novak Djokovic’s greatness on the tennis court makes him the favourite to win most of his matches. However, it was a seismic surprise when he lost twice on Saturday. It’s surprising that Djokovic lost one of his matches despite having three match points. He’s known for being skilled at closing out matches.
Novak Djokovic is facing a tough time in Malaga, Spain. He has been defeated in both singles and doubles matches, leading to Italy’s 2-1 victory over Serbia. This sets up an exciting Davis Cup final against Australia on Sunday. The Italians are aiming to secure their first Davis Cup title in nearly 50 years.
Jannik Sinner stuns Djokovic with a 6-2 2-6 7-5 victory in their singles match. The Italian saves three match points and secures a memorable win, helping Italy draw level with Serbia in the semifinal. Sinner clinches the win with a breakpoint in the final set.
Djokovic faces another setback as the 22-year-old Sinner secures his second victory over the 24-time grand slam champion this month. Sinner’s win comes after defeating Djokovic in the group stages of the ATP Finals. However, Djokovic managed to defeat Sinner in the final. Later in the day, Djokovic and Kecmanovic suffered a loss in the doubles match against Sinner and Sonego. With this victory, Italy advanced to the final for the first time in 25 years, a remarkable achievement considering Sinner hadn’t even been born yet.
“It’s definitely the game-changer today,” says world No. 4 Sinner, as he saves three match points at 0-40 down at 4-5 in the deciding set. This crucial moment in the match is highlighted by Sinner as he reflects on his remarkable comeback.
Sinner reflects on his strategy, stating, “I just tried to push in every single point, and the 0-40 game helped boost my confidence, especially after I broke him. It’s all part of tennis.”
In regards to playing doubles in the decider of a Davis Cup tie, Sinner acknowledges the pressure but praises his team’s ability to handle it well. He describes their team as a complete unit, with each member delighted to be part of the experience.
Meanwhile, Djokovic’s season has been nothing short of extraordinary. He has dominated the tennis world, winning three out of the year’s four grand slams and securing a record eighth season-ending ATP Finals title.
Djokovic suffered his first singles defeat in the Davis Cup since 2011 when he was forced to retire injured against Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro. This loss marks a significant moment in Djokovic’s Davis Cup career, highlighting the rare occurrence of his defeat in this prestigious tournament.
In a heartfelt statement to the Davis Cup website, Djokovic expresses his immense disappointment, saying, “For me personally, it’s a huge disappointment because I take the responsibility. Obviously, having three match points and being so close to winning it.” Djokovic’s words reflect the weight he carries as a player representing his country, as he adds, “When you lose for your country, the bitter feeling is even greater.” This defeat has undoubtedly left a profound impact on Djokovic, showcasing the emotional investment he has in his national team’s success.