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Djokovic wins seventh ATP Finals title


Serbian Novak Djokovic lifts the trophy after winning the final match against Italian Jannik Sinner during the ATP tennis final in Turin on November 19, 2023. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Novak Djokovic won a new record Sunday, including his seventh ATP Finals title, sweeping native hero Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-3 in Turin and leaving tennis fans wondering when he will relinquish his tennis dominance .

Djokovic reached the final at the end of an age-defying year that introduced three Grand Slams, taking his tally to an all-time record 24 and a 40th Masters 1000 title.

He will complete a four-hundredth week at the world primaries after capping an incredible season – in which he also reached the Wimbledon final – by moving away from retired great Roger Federer in victories at the season-ending tournament.

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The 36-year-old won his record-breaking crown by beating the sport’s two best young players in straight sets, Sinner, and beating semi-finalist Carlos Alcaraz, showing he still has plenty to offer with the Paris Olympics who are approaching. a gold medal, the only major title missing from his list of honors.

“Very special, among the best seasons I have experienced in my life, without a doubt. To cap it off with a victory against a local hero in Jannik, who played excellent tennis all week, is phenomenal,” Djokovic said.

“I am very satisfied with the performances of the last two days against Alcaraz and Sinner, who are probably the two best players in the world, after me and Medvedev at the moment. The way they played, I had to step it up.

Sinner was trying to become the first-ever Italian to win the final and seemed like the right man to do it after his spectacular group stage victory over Djokovic.

But the 22-year-old, like Alcaraz in Saturday’s semi-final, simply could not cope with Djokovic, a man on a mission who hit his best form at precisely the right time in the tournament.

It’s a testament to how far Sinner, a four-time winner this year, has come that a year ago he had Djokovic’s destiny in his arms at the end of the group stage, when defeat to Holger Rune would have killed the Serb. home early.

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Sinner saved Djokovic’s skin and ultimately paid for him in the final, but the quality of his performance at the Pala Alpitour was a source of much optimism in Italy and means he wants to be a Grand Slam contender this season. next.

“We immediately saw that there was still a lot of work to do…but we will see the positives from this season,” Sinner said.

“When I started this season I was one type of player, now I’m another. Let’s see how we do next season.

Djokovic took control early in the match, breaking Sinner in the first game of the fourth game, then comfortably serving out the first set.

Such was his dominance that Djokovic silenced a partisan crowd that had been rowdy throughout Sinner’s matches, and he immediately broke serve once again at the start of the second set.

He scored 14 consecutive points from the start of the last game of the first set until the third game of the second, which was finally won by Sinner to only hold his serve.

Sinner looked like he was being trampled, but he showed enormous heart and got the group back on its feet when he held serve in the seventh game, a 15-minute mini-epic in which Djokovic had two balls of break, to stay at 4-3.

Nevertheless, in the end he could not stay with Djokovic and disappointingly abandoned the match with a double fault.

Earlier, Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury retained their doubles titles with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos.

The US Open champions retained their crown with a near-perfect campaign in Turin, remaining unbeaten in their five matches.

American Ram and Britain’s Salisbury extended their winning streak at the season-ending tournament to 10 matches after also winning last year’s title undefeated.

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