Novak Djokovic made history on November 19, by securing his seventh ATP Finals title in Turin, Italy. The world number one defeated local favorite Jannik Sinner in a commanding fashion with a 6-3, 6-3 victory. This triumph places Djokovic ahead of the retired Roger Federer in ATP Finals victories, capping off a remarkable season that included three Grand Slam wins, bringing his total to a record-breaking 24 and claiming his 40th Masters 1000 titles.
In the final against Sinner, Djokovic asserted control early in the match by breaking Sinner in the fourth game and comfortably serving out the opening set. The Serbian continued his dominance by breaking serve again at the start of the second set. Djokovic’s command over the match silenced the partisan crowd, which had been fervently supporting Sinner throughout the tournament. The world number one reeled off 14 consecutive points, showcasing his exceptional form at the crucial moments of the tournament.
Sinner’s Rise and Challenge
Jannik Sinner, bidding to become the first Italian to claim an ATP Finals crown, showed promise with an impressive group stage win over Djokovic. The 22-year-old’s performances throughout the tournament, including saving Djokovic from elimination in the group stage, highlight his growth over the past year. Although he fell short in the final, Sinner’s resilience and talent suggest that he could be a Grand Slam contender in the upcoming season.
In the doubles category, Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury successfully retained their ATP Finals title with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 victory over Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos. The US Open champions extended their winning streak at the season-ending tournament to 10 matches, having also swept to the title undefeated in the previous year. Ram and Salisbury’s near-perfect campaign in Turin solidified their status as one of the top doubles pair in the world.