The top-ranked Novak Djokovic won a record-breaking seventh ATP Finals title on Sunday with a straight-sets victory over home favorite Jannik Sinner. Djokovic won 6-3, 6-3 in 1 hour and 43 minutes as the Serbian continues to reach new heights at the age of 36.
He began 2023 with a record-extending 10th Australian Open triumph before going on to win his 23rd Grand Slam trophy at the French Open, shattering Rafael Nadal’s record. Djokovic, who lost to Carlos Alcaraz in the Wimbledon final, also won the US Open. “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.” Also read: ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic beats Carlos Alcaraz In Semi-Final
Djokovic reached the final of the season-ending competition for the year’s top eight players tied with Roger Federer on six championships.
After claiming his seventh when Sinner double-faulted, he stretched out his arms and smiled broadly. The triumph echoed Djokovic’s clinical demolition of second-ranked Alcaraz in Saturday’s quarterfinal.
“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.” Also read: Latest: Retired Stars Honored At Nitto ATP Finals
It was also just the second occasion in the previous 15 years that a player reached the finals of all four Grand Slam competitions as well as the ATP Finals. The previous time this happened was in 2015, when Djokovic did it.
It was also his 71st ‘Big Title,’ which includes Grand Slam titles, trophies from the Nitto ATP Finals and ATP Masters 1000 events, and Olympic singles gold medals. Djokovic holds the single-season record for Grand Slam titles (24), Nitto ATP Finals (7), and ATP Masters 1000s (40). Also read: Who is Holger Rune Coach? Know all about Boris Becker