Jannik Sinner’s first Grand Slam win at Australian Open has an intriguing Roger Federer connection

Both Roger Federer and Jannik Sinner won their maiden Grand Slam title on their 17th attempt.


Jannik Sinner’s first Grand Slam win at Australian Open has an intriguing Roger Federer connection

Roger Federer (L), Jannik Sinner (R) (Source: X)

Jannik Sinner has broken quite a few records at the 2024 Australian Open. The Italian has performed phenomenally throughout the tournament and earned the first Grand Slam of his career

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He defeated Daniil Medvedev in the final today, despite losing the first two sets, and thus registered a comeback victory that will go down in the history books.

Amid the Italian’s celebrations, some tennis fans have noticed a particular similarity between his campaign at the 2024 Australian Open and Roger Federer’s campaign at the 2003 Wimbledon

Roger Federer won his first ever Grand Slam at the 2003 Wimbledon. He defeated Andy Roddick in the semi-final and Mark Philippoussis in the final. It was his 17th appearance in a Grand Slam tournament, and coincidentally, Jannik Sinner also made his 17th Grand Slam appearance in the 2024 Australian Open. Thus, both players won their maiden Grand Slam titles on their 17th attempt. 

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Moreover, both players won their maiden Grand Slam title after their respective generational rivals won two Grand Slams at an earlier age.

For Sinner, it was Carlos Alcaraz, while for Federer, it was Lleyton Hewitt. Unfortunately for Hewitt, he did not win any Grand Slams after that, while the rivalry between Sinner and Alcaraz had just begun. 

Jannik Sinner also recently became the only player alongside Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to defeat Novak Djokovic in the Grand Slam, Davis Cup, and ATP Finals. While these things might be pure coincidence, it might also be the tennis gods hinting that Jannik Sinner is going to be the next big thing in the sport. 

Jannik Sinner becomes the first Italian man to win Australian Open 

Besides becoming the first Italian man to win a Grand Slam since 1976, Jannik Sinner has also become the first Italian man to win the Australian Open. Earlier in 2023, he became the highest-rated Italian player ever.

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Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner (Image via X)

These things prove that Italian tennis is in big hands. There is not much time left before Sinner eventually becomes World No. 1 too. 

It means a lot. Maybe the most important. Because the support I get throughout now already years, it's incredible. Being able to make them happy today, because I feel like that they push me also, that I can believe in myself and then having so much support, it's amazing.
Sinner said. 

He will now look to keep up the same form in the upcoming tournaments this year. The Indian Wells and Miami Open will probably be his immediate next targets. 

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