Daniil Medvedev, despite his disappointment after losing a tense Australian Open final to Jannik Sinner after having a two-set lead, remained content and entertained the crowd with his humor and graciousness in defeat. Throughout the tournament, he captivated not only with his on-court performance but also with his engaging post-match speeches, filled with anecdotes and lighthearted moments.
Medvedev who was leading the first two sets 6-3 6-3 fell short of Jannik Sinner’s resilience in the last three sets, winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch his maiden Grand Slam title. It was Medvedev’s third final defeat in the last four seasons in Melbourne, and with his recent defeat, he became the first man to lose two Grand Slam finals after winning the first two sets.
Even in defeat, Medvedev managed to find humor, acknowledging the pain of losing in a final but emphasizing the value of reaching that stage which left everyone in splits.
“It always hurt’s to lose in the final but probably being in the final is better than losing before.”-Daniil Medvedev in the post-match presentation ceremony
He commended Sinner for his victory, praising his opponent’s resilience and predicting more success in the future. Despite recent setbacks, against Sinner, Medvedev expressed optimism about his chances in the next encounter, particularly in a final setting.
“I want to congratulate Jannik because today you showed again why you deserve it. You fought until the end, you managed to raise your level. You and your team are doing an amazing job. You are winning a lot of tournaments, doing a lot of finals, winning a lot of matches and probably that’s not your last Grand Slam.”-Daniil Medvedev in the post-match presentation ceremony
22-year-old Jannik Sinner became the second Italian player to clinch a men’s singles Grand Slam title and became the youngest player since Novak Djokovic won his first Australian Open title in 2008.
Daniil Medvedev reflects on personal growth in coping with Australian Open loss
Medvedev, back in 2022 was devastated at his loss to Rafael Nadal in the final, which came in a similar fashion. Reflecting on his defeat, he mentioned feeling different from this loss, emphasizing his maturity and determination at 27 years old. He expressed his commitment to improving and not letting his setback impact his future performances.
“Different feeling, different circumstances, I would say. Now I’m dreaming more than ever, probably not today, but in general in life…But I would say it’s not anymore a kid who is dreaming. It’s myself right now, a 27-year-old who is dreaming, and who’s doing everything possible for my future and for my present.”-Daniil Medvedev at the press-conference after the final