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Australian Open 2024: Sinner stuns Djokovic in semifinals, plus other notable results

The 22-year-old shattered the 10-time champion’s undefeated semifinals streak

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Novak Djokovic’s undefeated streak in the Australian Open semifinals has come to an end. The 10-time champion reached his record-extending 48th Grand Slam semifinal with a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win against American Taylor Fritz. He had won 32 consecutive matches at Melbourne before falling to Jannik Sinner. Sinner had beaten Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinal and now will appear in his first career Grand Slam final.

Meanwhile, No. 3 Daniil Medvedev defeated No. 3 Alexander Zverev, 5-7, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-3, to reach his sixth Grand Slam final. Medvedev has now reached the Australian Open Final in three of the past four years.

On the women’s side, Defending Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka advanced to the finals at Melbourne Park on Thursday, taking down American teenager Coco Gauff in the semifinals 7-6, 6-4. The match marked Gauff’s first appearance in the tournament’s semifinals and the win made Sabalenka the first woman since Serena Williams to reach the Australian Open finals two years in a row.

Their quarterfinals in Melbourne couldn’t have been more different. Gauff survived an error-filled game against Marta Kostyuk with a 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3), 6-2 win that took three hours and eight minutes. Meanwhile, Sabalenka took less than an hour to claim her 6-2, 6-3 victory over Barbora Krejcikova. Sabalenka has been a force to be reckoned with in this tournament, dropping just 16 games and playing a combined 5.25 hours through five rounds.

No. 12 Qinwen Zheng got the best of Dayana Yastremska in the semifinal round as she came away with a 6-4, 6-4 victory. Yastremska, currently ranked No. 93, was the first qualifier in the Open Era to reach a Grand Slam seminal since Christine Dorey in 1978.

Here is all you need to know about the 2024 US Open:

How to watch the 2024 Australian Open

  • Dates: Jan. 13-27
  • Where: Melbourne Park, Australia
  • Watch: ESPN, ABC, Tennis Channel
  • Stream: fubo (try for free)

Men’s seeding

  1. Novak Djokovic (SRB)
  2. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP)
  3. Daniil Medvedev (N/A)
  4. Jannik Sinner (ITA)
  5. Andrey Rublev (N/A)
  6. Alexander Zverev (GER)
  7. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
  8. Holger Rune (DEN)
  9. Hubert Hurkacz (POL)
  10. Alex De Minaur (AUS)
  11. Casper Ruud (NOR)
  12. Taylor Fritz (USA)
  13. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
  14. Tommy Paul (USA)
  15. Karen Khachanov (N/A)
  16. Ben Shelton (USA)
  17. Frances Tiafoe (USA)
  18. Nicolas Jarry (CHL)
  19. Cameron Norrie (GBR)
  20. Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
  21. Ugo Humbert (FRA)
  22. Francisco Cerundolo (ARG)
  23. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP)
  24. Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
  25. Lorenzo Musetti (ITA)
  26. Sebastian Baez (ARG)
  27. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)
  28. Tallon Griekspoor (NLD)
  29. Sebastian Korda (USA)
  30. Tomas Martin Etcheverry (ARG)
  31. Alexander Bublik (KAZ)
  32. Jiri Lehecka (CZE)

Women’s seeding

  1. Iga Swiatek (POL)
  2. Aryna Sabalenka (N/A)
  3. Elena Rybakina (KAZ)
  4. Coco Gauff (USA)
  5. Jessica Pegula (USA)
  6. Ons Jabeur (TUN)
  7. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)
  8. Maria Sakkari (GRE)
  9. Barbora Krejcikova (CZE)
  10. Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA)
  11. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
  12. Qinwen Zheng (CHN)
  13. Liudmila Samsonova (N/A)
  14. Daria Kasatkina (N/A)
  15. Veronika Kudermetova (N/A)
  16. Caroline Garcia (FRA)
  17. Ekaterina Alexandrova (N/A)
  18. Victoria Azarenka (N/A)
  19. Elina Svitolina (UKR)
  20. Magda Linette (POL)
  21. Donna Vekic (HRV)
  22. Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
  23. Anastasia Potapova (N/A)
  24. Anhelina Kalinina (UKR)
  25. Elise Mertens (BEL)
  26. Jasmine Paolini (ITA)
  27. Emma Navarro (USA)
  28. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)
  29. Zhu Lin (CHN)
  30. Wang Xinyu (CHN)
  31. Marie Bouzkova (CZE)
  32. Leylah Fernandez (CAN)

Men’s semifinal matches:

  • No. 4 Jannik Sinner def. No. 1 Novak Djokovic, 6-1, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3
  • No. 3 Daniil Medvedev def. No. 6 Alexander Zverev, 5-7, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-3

Women’s semifinal matches:

  • No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka def. No. 4 Coco Gauff, 7-6, 6-4
  • No. 12 Qinwen Zheng def. Dayana Yastremska, 6-4, 6-4

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