Thirty-three victories in a row at the Australian Open, since 2018, and then… defeat. Novak Djokovic, defending champion and ten-time winner in Melbourne, was eliminated in the semi-finals of the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the season by Jannik Sinner. A match lasting almost three and a half hours leading to a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 success for the Italian.

After losing the first two sets, the Serb, world number 1, managed to save a match point for his opponent in the third, before pocketing the set. The burst of pride was short-lived.

Jannik Sinner (4th in the world) will play his first final in a Major at the age of 22 on Sunday. He will face the winner of the duel between the German Alexander Zverev and the Russian Daniil Medvedev, which will be played a little later on Friday. Novak Djokovic, 36, was seeking an unprecedented 25th Grand Slam title. The record will still have to wait.