November 19, (THEWILL) – On Sunday, Novak Djokovic claimed yet another record, winning his seventh ATP Finals championship in Turin. The 36-year-old defeated local hero, Jannik Sinner, 6-3, 6-3 to cap off an incredible 2023 season that included three Grand Slam titles and a 40th Masters 1000 crown.
Djokovic’s triumph in Turin cements his place in history, in a year when he brought his total Grand Slam tally to 24 and marked his 400th week ranked world number one. He defeated the best young players in tennis in Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz, proving he still dominates the sport. Djokovic called this season “one of the best” of his illustrious career and said the back-to-back wins over Alcaraz and Sinner were “phenomenal” given their status as contenders for the top spot.
The 22-year-old Sinner was hoping to become the first Italian to ever win the season-ending tournament on home soil. After an impressive group stage victory over Djokovic, he seemed poised for the historic title. However, like Alcaraz in the semis, the Serb’s championship pedigree proved too much for Sinner in the final.
Sinner’s results in Turin demonstrate his growth over the past year and suggest he could challenge for Grand Slams in 2024. Italy can be proud of his performance despite the straight-sets defeat. Meanwhile, Djokovic’s unprecedented success shows no signs of stopping with the Paris Olympics on the horizon as the only major trophy missing from his cabinet.
In the doubles final earlier on Sunday, Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury smoothly retained their title with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos. The US and UK pair have now won 10 consecutive matches at the ATP Finals.