Australia defeats Finland, securing a spot in the Davis Cup final for the second consecutive time.

In Malaga, Spain, Novak Djokovic had three chances to secure victory over Italy and propel Serbia into the Davis Cup final. However, Jannik Sinner orchestrated Italy’s comeback from the edge of defeat, saving three consecutive match points. This not only halted Djokovic’s impressive streak of 21 consecutive wins in Davis Cup singles matches but also leveled the semifinal match at 1-1 on Saturday.

Sinner played a crucial role in Italy’s remarkable comeback, saving three match points against the top-ranked Djokovic in the Davis Cup semifinal. This triumph not only put an end to Djokovic’s 21-match winning streak in Davis Cup singles but also equalized the overall match at 1-1. In the ensuing doubles, Sinner once again outperformed Djokovic, securing Italy’s 2-1 comeback victory and propelling them into the final for the first time since 1998.

Despite Djokovic’s initial lead for Serbia with Miomir Kecmanovic’s 1-0 victory over Lorenzo Musetti, Djokovic faced disappointment in the second singles match against Sinner, losing 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. Sinner, paired with Lorenzo Sonego in doubles, defeated Djokovic and Kecmanovic 6-3, 6-4. Italy is now poised to face Australia in the final, with Sinner’s wins avenging his recent loss to Djokovic in the ATP Finals.

Djokovic, aiming to conclude a stellar season by leading Serbia to the Davis Cup final, expressed profound disappointment after coming so close to victory. The defeat marked his first Davis Cup singles loss since 2011, concluding an exceptional season where he secured a record-breaking 24 Grand Slam titles.

Sinner acknowledged the significance of his singles win, emphasizing the energy derived from team competitions. Italy, last crowned champions in 1976, will strive to clinch the Davis Cup against Australia on the same indoor hard court in southern Spain.

Novak Djokovic extended his congratulations to Italy for securing a place in the Davis Cup final, recognizing their well-deserved victory. Djokovic, a key figure in Serbia’s only Davis Cup title in 2010, praised Italy’s impressive performance, specifically commending Jannik’s excellence in both singles, facing Djokovic, and in the doubles match.

In a moment of tension during the doubles match, Djokovic gestured to the crowd, seemingly seeking more support, while Italy’s fans passionately cheered. This contrasted with an incident on Thursday after beating Britain, where Djokovic had urged a section of the British fans to “shut up” and “be quiet” due to disruptive drumming during his on-court interview.

Djokovic achieved a personal milestone on Thursday, becoming the most successful Serbian player with his 44th victory in the competition against Cameron Norrie. In the other semifinal match on Friday, Australia emerged victorious against Finland. It’s noteworthy that Australia had suffered defeat to Canada in the final the previous year.

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