Turin, Italy — Novak Djokovic The year ended just as it began – setting records.
Top-seeded Djokovic won a record-breaking seventh ATP Finals title with a straight-sets victory over the home favorite on Sunday. A mortal sinner.
Djokovic took 1 hour, 43 minutes to win 6-3, 6-3 as the Serbian continues to reach new heights at the age of 36.
He began 2023 with a record-extending 10th Australian Open title and won his 23rd Grand Slam tournament at the French Open. Rafael Nadalsign of Djokovic lost in Wimbledon final Carlos AlcarazAlso won the US Open.
“One of the best seasons of my life, without a doubt,” Djokovic said. “To crown it with a win against a hometown hero from Janic, who has played amazing tennis this week, is fantastic.”
Djokovic entered the final with a tie on Sunday Roger Federer Six titles in season-ending tournaments for eight players of the year.
He extended his arms and beamed broadly when Cena double-faulted after clinching his seventh.
The victory echoed the way Djokovic dispatched second-ranked Alcaraz in Saturday’s semi-final clash.
“I’m very proud of the performances these last two days against Alcaraz and Sinar, probably the two best players in the world right now next to me and Medvedev, and I had to go with the way they’re playing.” Djokovic said.
“I had to win the matches and they didn’t have to wait for me to win and that’s what I did. I think I played differently today tactically than I did in the group stage against Jannik, and overall it was a fantastic week.”
It was his fourth win against Ciner, who recorded his first win over Djokovic in the group stage in Turin and was the first Italian to reach the final.
But Djokovic was in superb form on Sunday and won 14 points from the end of the first set to the third game of the second set to put him firmly in control and subdue the Turin crowd.
Djokovic had already secured the year-end number. 1 ranking to win his opening match at an ATP Finals for a record-extending eighth time.
After this tournament, Djokovic will become the first player to hold the number one ranking. 1 ranking for 400 weeks, the only other man to eclipse the 300-week mark is Roger Federer at 310.
It was the second time in the last 15 years that a player reached the finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments and the ATP Finals. The previous instance was when Djokovic did it in 2015.