“All things come to an end,” Novak Djokovic trashes upsetting speculations as he remains graceful in defeat at the 2024 Australian Open

Novak Djokovic comments on his return for the next editions of the Australian Open after suffering a semi-final defeat to Jannik Sinner.

“All things come to an end,” Novak Djokovic trashes upsetting speculations as he remains graceful in defeat at the 2024 Australian Open

Novak Djokovic waves to the crowd after defeat to Jannik Sinner (Credits: New York Post)

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been finally defeated at Melbourne Park. Playing in the semi-finals of the 2024 Australian Open, Jannik Sinner outplayed the defending champion to reach the finals of the Major.

Sinner won the match 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(8), and 6-3 to reach his first-ever finals at a Grand Slam event. The fourth seed had a match point in the third set’s tiebreaker itself. Nole, however, came clutch and defended it well to force the fourth set between them. Jannik Sinner, however, wrapped things in the fourth and did not risk a fifth set. 

The Italian’s win brought an end to Djokovic’s 33-match winning streak at the Australian Open. The 24-time Grand Slam winner won four of the last five editions of the Major. The only exception was in 2022, when he was deported on the eve of his opening-round match due to his non-vaccination status. 

The 36-year-old had not lost a match for 2195 days at the Grand Slam Down Under. But with today’s loss, the monumental streak has finally ended. Baseless speculations were quick to surface on social media on whether the top seed played for the last time at Melbourne Park. Djokovic however cleared the air himself.

I have a lot to be very proud of about what I've achieved here. All things come to an end. I have won here without playing so well. I have a chance to come back & play here at least another time.
Said Djokovic speaking in the press conference.

Being one of the fittest players on the Tour despite being 36, there seems to be no reason why the World No. 1 will rule out a return to Australia. He has already made his vision clear of targeting only the big titles. And titles get any bigger than the Australian Open.

Today’s defeat marks Novak Djokovic’s first semis loss in AO

Coming into today’s clash, Novak Djokovic had a splendid record of 94-8 in main-draw matches at the Australian Open. He played the qualifiers only once, in 2005, and won all three of his matches before exiting in the first round.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic leaves the Rod Laver Arena after losing to Jannik Sinner (Credits: ABS-CBN News)

He suffered a first-round exit in 2006 as well but then did not a single match in the first week of the next decade. Till 2016, Djokovic won the Grand Slam on six occasions with three quarter-finals and one fourth-round exit.

In 2017, he lost in the second round to Denis Istomin in five sets and then in straight sets to Hyeon Chung in the fourth round in 2018. After that, it was today that Nole lost a match in Australia. He won a hat-trick of titles from 2019 to 2021. Had it not been for his deportation, he might have won in 2022 as well. 

With the title in 2023, Djokovic won his 22nd Major and 10th title in the Australian Open. It also ensured his streak of being unbeaten in semis remained intact. However, with today’s defeat, Djokovic now has a 97-8 record at the Grand Slam with 10 titles, a feat matched by none.

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