Djokovic's collapse after losing the Davis Cup semifinal against Italy

Djokovic's collapse after losing the Davis Cup semifinal against Italy

Six days after losing in the final of the Nitto ATP Finals against Novak Djokovic, Jannik Sinner He forgot the defeat in the decisive match of the Masters Tournament in a big way. Saved three match points against Novak Djokovic in the second match of the Davis semifinal and won 6-2, 2-6 and 7-5. Italy equalized the tie in the number one duel, after Kecmanovic's initial victory, and sealed it in the doubles match with the victory of Sinner and Sonego against Djokovic and Kecmanovic 6-3 and 6-4.

In the semifinals, Sinner confirmed his role as a hero that he had already assumed in the quarterfinals against the Netherlands. The first set against the world number one was nothing short of a walk. But the one from Belgrade reset in the second round. He broke Sinner's serve in the fourth game and immediately consolidated it at love to return the tie. The third set was dramatic and Sinner's survival exercise was extraordinary. He saved his serve in the sixth game, looked into the abyss again in the eighth and in the tenth he was able to resolve three match points. He found himself at 0-40 and with Djokovic on the other side of the court, but the Serbian was unable to take advantage of it. Nole's shock was such that in the eleventh game he gave up his serve and all of Italy began to think about the Davis Cup final. Sinner and Sonego were in charge of ratifying it in the double. A break in the sixth game allowed them to get the first set back on track. Italy was able to overcome Sonego's difficulties on serve and did so because Djokovic still had his mind on the match he had just lost to Sinner. Nole did not manage to re-engage and Italy will face Australia in search of the Silver Salad Bowl.

The world number one showed his face after the defeat: "Personally it is a great disappointment. I take responsibility, having had three match points and being so close to winning it. It is really unfortunate. But this is sport," Nole confessed with crestfallen gesture. "At this level and against one of the best players in the world, everything happens very quickly. It was difficult to read him," said the Balkan player. "He has one of the fastest forehand shots I've seen, it gives him a lot of power. I know his quality, I thought maybe he was going to lower his level in doubles, but that wasn't the case. He played at a very high level," he commented on Sinner.

"When you lose for your country, the feeling of bitterness is even greater," he added, referring to the bitter taste that remains for not having closed an historic year with the second salad bowl for Serbia.

Djokovic closes 2022 with the triple crown of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and the United States Open, three Grand Slams that he did not accompany with Wimbledon due to the defeat against Carlos Alcaraz or with this Davis Cup that he considered the ideal culmination.