The tennis world has been left stunned after Novak Djokovic finished off one of the best seasons of his career in surpassing Roger Federer with his seventh ATP Finals title. Djokovic, who won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and the US Open, made sure their wasn't a repeat of his group stage upset against Jannik Sinner having defeated the young Italian in straight sets in the final.
The win, at the age of 36, has seen Djokovic surpasses Federer with the most ATP Finals titles. And there is no doubt Djokovic has enjoyed one of his greatest seasons towards the end of his glittering career.
"One of the best seasons I've had in my life, no doubt," Djokovic said after the tournament. "To crown it with a win against a hometown hero in Jannik, who has played amazing tennis this week, is phenomenal."
Djokovic moved clear of Rafa Nadal with 24 grand slam titles this year. He also secured another year-end No.1 title at the beginning of the week in Turin. Other than the records, Djokovic lifted his game in the knockout stage and defeated Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-final, then Sinner in the final, to prove he is most definitely the man to beat on tour at the age of 36.
"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 (Daniil) 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."
Djokovic had already secured the year-end No.1 ranking having won the first match of the tournament. The 36-year-old was quick to celebrate with his children on the sideline after breaking yet another tennis record.
Tennis world loses it over Novak Djokovic feat
Djokovic secured the ATP Finals win having defeated two of the best young players in the world. His victory over Alcaraz in the semi-final was particularly impressive, which the World No.1 described as a near 'flawless' display.
Novak’s ability after a loss to elevate his level of play and determination to win no matter what is the most underrated thing in my opinion I have seen in tennis!
Congratulations on another record breaking performance @DjokerNole
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) November 19, 2023
Novak Djokovic passes Roger Federer for the most ATP Finals title in history.
Watching this 36 year old goat get better by the year has been a privilege.
Novak Djokovic talking to his kids- Stefan & Tara who are his lucky charms
Family is more important than any title ❤️
The Greatest Athlete Of All Time 🙌#Djokovic #djokovic𓃵 #NoleFam #NittoATPFinals @DjokerNole
— Shane Gupta (@Shanegupta22) November 19, 2023
I’ve said it before.. Novak Djokovic is the greatest athlete on the planet. 🐐
— Steve Weissman (@Steve_Weissman) November 19, 2023
Novak Djokovic beats Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-3 to win the ATP Finals for a record 7th time.
He was almost out of the tournament, survived the group stage and was unplayable during the weekend, outplaying the two best young players in the world.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) November 19, 2023
Novak Djokovic has won every tournament he’s played since the Wimbledon final.
— The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) November 19, 2023
Djokovic is set to become the first player ever to hold the World No.1 ranking for more than 400 weeks. The only other man ever to surpass 300 weeks is Federer, who is second on the list for male players with 310.
The Serbian has now reached the final of every grand slam and the ATP Finals twice in his career and he is the only player to have done it in the last 15 years. Djokovic last achieved the feat in 2015, which is considered arguably his best year.
Djokovic will now take some time off from the tour, until the Australian Open next year. He will be going for a record extending 11 Australian Open titles.
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