Novak Djokovic ended the year just as he started it, by setting records after the one-sided final over Jannik Sinner in the ATP Finals.
Djokovic beat Sinner
On Sunday, the top-ranked Djokovic won a record-breaking seventh ATP Finals title with a straight-sets victory over home favorite Jannik Sinner.
Djokovic took 1 hour and 43 minutes to win 6-3, 6-3 as the Serbian continues to reach new heights at age 36.
Djokovic’s records after winning 7th ATP
To sum it up here it is:
– 7th ATP Finals title
– 8th year-end number 1 finish
– 400 weeks at number 1
– 36 years young
After outclassing Sinner, the Serbian ace clinched his eighth ATP year-end No. 1 finish — tying Steffi Graf for the most in ATP or WTA Rankings history.
- Novak Djokovic 8
- Steffi Graf 8
- Martina Navratilova 7
- Pete Sampras 6
Djokovic entered Sunday’s final tied with Roger Federer on six titles at the season-ending tournament for the year’s top eight players.
After this tournament, Djokovic will become the first player to hold the No. 1 ranking for 400 weeks, with Roger Federer at 310, the only other man to eclipse the 300-week mark.
It was only the second time in the past 15 years that a player has made the finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments and the ATP Finals. The previous occasion was when Djokovic did it in 2015.
He started 2023 with a record-extending 10th Australian Open title and won his 23rd Grand Slam tournament at the French Open, breaking Rafael Nadal’s mark. Djokovic, who lost the Wimbledon final to Carlos Alcaraz, also won the US Open.
Djokovic’s words after the victory
“I’m very proud of the performances these last two days against Alcaraz and Sinner, probably the best two players in the world next to me and Medvedev at the moment, and the way they have been playing I had to step it up,” Djokovic said.
“I had to win the matches and not wait for them to hand me the victory and that’s what I’ve done. I think I tactically played different today than I have in the group stage against Jannik, and just overall it was a phenomenal week.”
“One of the best seasons I’ve had in my life, no doubt,” Djokovic said. “To crown it with a win against a hometown hero in Jannik, who has played amazing tennis this week, is phenomenal.”
It was his fourth win over Sinner, who had recorded a first-ever victory against Djokovic in the group stage in Turin and was the first Italian to reach the final.
But Djokovic was in imperious form Sunday and won 14 straight points from the end of the first set to the third game of the second to leave him firmly in control and subdue the Turin crowd.
Djokovic had already secured the year-end No. 1 ranking for a record-extending eighth time by winning his opening match at the ATP Finals.