TORINO, Italy – Novak Djokovic ended the year as he started it, breaking records.
The number one tennis player in the world set a record by winning the ATP Finals title for the seventh time in his career on Sunday.
It took the Serbian one hour and 43 minutes to defeat the Italian Jannik Sinner in two sets 6-3, 6-3.
At the age of 36, Djokovic began 2023 by triumphing for the 10th time at the Australian Open, and won his 23rd Grand Slam singles title at Roland-Garros, defeating Rafael Nadal. After losing in the Wimbledon final to Carlos Alcaraz, Djokovic won the US Open.
“This is one of the best seasons in my career. No doubt, he noted. To top it off with a win against Jannik, a local favorite who has been playing outstanding tennis all week, that’s phenomenal. »
Djokovic entered the match tied with Roger Federer for the most titles at this final tournament of the season, which features eight of the world’s best players.
He raised his hands and smiled brightly after confirming his victory, following a double fault from Sinner. The victory replicated the methodical victory he recorded against Alcaraz in the semifinals on Saturday.
“I’m very proud of my games in the last two days against Alcaraz and Sinner, probably the two best players in the world next to me and Medvedev at the moment. “After I saw how they played, I had to increase my efforts,” Đoković emphasized.
“I had to win the matches and not wait for them to give me the victory and that’s what I did. I think I played with a different tactic today compared to the group stage against Jannik. All in all, it was a phenomenal week. »
It was Djokovic’s fourth win against Sinner, who registered his first career win against the Serb during the group stage in Turin. Sinner became the first Italian to reach the finals of this tournament.
Djokovic, however, was in imperial form on Sunday, winning 14 consecutive points, from the end of the first set to the third game of the second, thus distancing himself.
Thanks to his victory at the tournament opener, Djokovic has already secured the top spot in the year-end ATP rankings for a record eighth time in his career.
Djokovic will become the first player to top the rankings for 400 weeks. Roger Federer, with 310 weeks, is the only man to have crossed the 300-week mark.
It was also only the second time in the last 15 years that a player qualified for the finals of all four Grand Slams and the ATP Finals. Djokovic was also the author, in 2015.
Ram and Salisbury crowned in pairs as in 2022
American Rajeev Ram and British Joe Salisbury won the doubles tournament for the second year in a row.
The American-British couple defeated Spaniard Marcel Granollers and Argentine Horacio Zeballos in two sets, ultimately 6-3, 6-4.
They had a flawless performance during the Turin week with five wins in as many matches as in 2022, bringing their number of consecutive successes at the “Masters tournament” to 10.
Especially in the semi-finals, they beat Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Mexican Santiago Gonzalez 7-6 (5), 3-6, 10/7.
Ram, 39 and No. 11 in the ATP rankings, and Salisbury, 31 and No. 12 in the world, have won four titles in 2023, including the US Open for the third consecutive year.
Since the beginning of their partnership in 2019, they have won 14 titles together.