Novak Djokovic Clinches ATP Finals Title
World Number One Defeats Jannik Sinner in Straight Sets
Nov 19, 2023, 2:20 PM ET
Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked tennis player in the world, concluded the year 2023 in the same manner he began it – by lifting a prestigious title. This time, at the ATP Finals, he emerged victorious in the final against local favorite Jannik Sinner, triumphing with a scoreline of 6-3 and 6-3 in a thrilling one hour and 43 minutes of play. Djokovic avenged his earlier defeat to Sinner in the Round Robin stage.
With this win, Djokovic achieved a remarkable feat that no one in the history of the ATP Finals has accomplished before – defeating him twice in the same edition of the tournament. Additionally, the victory marked Djokovic’s 98th career title and his seventh of the season, adding to his previous triumphs in Adelaide, Australian Open, Roland Garros, Cincinnati, US Open, and Paris-Bercy.
By clinching the ATP Finals title, Djokovic also etched his name in the record books as the most successful player in the history of the tournament, with seven crowns to his name. This surpasses Roger Federer’s record of six titles. Djokovic has now won the ATP Finals in 2023, 2022, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2008.
Djokovic’s journey in Turin was far from easy, as he came perilously close to elimination in the group stage. It was Sinner who granted the Serbian player a lifeline by defeating Holger Rune. If Sinner had lost, Djokovic would have been knocked out before the semifinals. However, Djokovic seized the opportunity and capitalized on his rival’s generosity in the final.
Djokovic’s Performance at the 2023 ATP Finals
- Victory against Rune: 7-6, 6-7, 6-3
- Defeat against Sinner: 7-5, 6-7, 7-6
- Victory against Hurkacz: 7-6, 4-6, 6-1
- Victory in the semifinals against Alcaraz: 6-3, 6-2
- Victory in the final against Sinner: 6-3, 6-3