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Sinner-medvedev final ensures rise of a new champion


Melbourne, Australia - Jannik Sinner has sprinted past opponents at the Australian Open in his quest for a maiden Grand Slam but could end up running a marathon in the final against Daniil Medvedev on Sunday, when Melbourne Park will crown a new king.

The winner of the title-decider at Rod Laver Arena will become the first new men's champion at the Australian Open since Stan Wawrinka won his only Melbourne Park title in 2014.

It will be the first final since 2005 not to feature at least one of the three players who have dominated men's tennis for two decades - Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafa Nadal.

Sinner made sure of that by dismantlin­g reigning champion Djokovic in the semi-finals to end the world number one's bid for a record 25th major. It was the Italian's third victory in four matches against Djokovic since November, confirming a red-hot run of form that, Sinner says, has primed him for his first run to the business end of a major.

"After last year, especially the end of the year, it gave me confidence that I could potentiall­y do some good results in the Grand Slams," said the 22-year-old, who has dropped only one set on his way to the final.

Sinner's game has moved to another level since he began working with Darren Cahill, who believes the fourth seed has all the weapons to land one of the game's four big prizes. "He's got the qualities I believe that a lot of the great champions in the game have, but you've got to start winning to let that come to fruition," the Australian coach said.

 ?? ?? Jannik Sinner defeated Novak Djokovic in the semifinals
Jannik Sinner defeated Novak Djokovic in the semifinals

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