Published: 10:38, November 20, 2023 | Updated: 10:48, November 20, 2023
Djokovic destroys Sinner to win record seventh ATP Finals title
By Reuters

Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy after winning the singles final tennis match of the ATP World Tour Finals at the Pala Alpitour, in Turin, Italy, on Nov 19, 2023. (PHOTO / AP)

TURIN - A ruthless Novak Djokovic destroyed home favorite Jannik Sinner to win the ATP Finals title for a record seventh time on Sunday - reaching yet another milestone in his incredible career.

The 36-year-old Serb lost to home favorite Sinner earlier in the week in the group stage, but exacted sweet revenge with a sublime display to claim a 6-3 6-3 victory.

A sell-out crowd in Turin's Pala Alpitour had hoped to cheer the 22-year-old Sinner to the biggest title of his career but Djokovic was simply in a different league.

The world number one dropped only two points on serve in a flawless opening set and once he had broken Sinner's serve in the fourth game it was largely one-way traffic.

At one point Djokovic won 14 points in a row against a player ranked fourth in the world before Sinner briefly slowed the march of the 24-time Grand Slam champion.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns to Italy's Jannik Sinner during the final match at the ATP Finals tennis tournament in Turin on Nov 19, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)

Sinner avoided going a double break of serve down as Djokovic surprisingly failed to make a routine passing shot and Sinner then had points to break back in the sixth game but could not convert either of them.

Djokovic also failed to convert break points that would have given him a 5-2 lead as a few errors crept into his game.

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The crowd tried their best to energize their man but Djokovic moved on towards victory and a Sinner double fault ended the contest. Djokovic moves past Roger Federer to stand alone as the most successful player in the tournament's history.

His win concludes an individual season in which he won three of the four Grand Slam titles and seized back the world number one spot from Carlos Alcaraz and worryingly for the chasing pack he will head into 2024 looking as dominant as ever.

Italy's Jannik Sinner returns the ball to Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their singles final tennis match of the ATP World Tour Finals at the Pala Alpitour, in Turin, Italy, on Nov 19, 2023. (PHOTO / AP)

"This is very special," Djokovic, who was joined by his children Stefan and Tara, said on court.

"One of the best seasons I've had and to crown it against Jannik who has been playing so well is phenomenal.

"The way Carlos (Alcaraz) and Jannik have been playing I had to step it up."

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Djokovic also outclassed Spain's Alcaraz in Saturday's semi-finals although his place in the last four had been in doubt after his narrow loss to Sinner in one of the matches of the year. Ironically it was Sinner's subsequent defeat of Holger Rune that kept Djokovic alive at the year-ender.