And one more record for Novak Djokovic: the world No. 1 ended 2023 in style by winning the ATP Masters for the seventh time on Sunday in Turin (Italy).
"Djoko", who held the record for most victories in the event with the Swiss Roger Federer (6), shattered the dream of Jannik Sinner and an entire country, which was in the grip of a noisy "Sinnermania" this week.
Just when he could have become the first Italian to win the "Masters" at the age of 22 and achieve the most resounding success of his young career, Sinner suddenly came back down to earth. The 36-year-old Djokovic stifled him and dominated the final in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 and one hour and 44 minutes.
Sinner had beaten him earlier in the week
The two players had already faced each other in the group stage and their intense duel had turned in favour of the younger player after three hours and nine minutes of play 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/2). This time, the Serb was unstoppable with an opponent who, by beating Denmark's Holger Rune in a final group game with nothing at stake for him, had allowed him to reach the last four instead of eliminating him as a fine strategist
Very aggressive on returns and taking advantage of Sinner's nervousness, he broke the Italian's serve in the 4th game to lead 3-1, then 5-2, before pocketing the first set in 38 minutes.
The second set started in the worst possible way for Sinner: the world No. 4 lost his serve in the first round with a shutout. He did have two break points at 3-2, but Djokovic cancelled them with authority, then won the title on his first match point on Sinner's serve.
"It's very special to win this title, it's probably one of my best seasons, I'm very happy and very proud of my last two matches," Djokovic said.
The year 2023 will indeed remain one of the most successful of Djokovic's career with records and statistics that have marked the minds and history of tennis.
And that's not all...
He won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments (Australian Open, Roland-Garros, US Open), losing in the final of the fourth to Carlos Alcaraz, at Wimbledon, to total 24 major titles, more than any man and as many as the Australian Margaret Court.
In his first match of the week, won against Rune, he had already set two records, being assured of finishing for the 8th time in his career at number one in the world and reaching the unprecedented figure of 400 weeks on the throne of world No. 1.
After his triumph in Turin, he now has 98 ATP titles to his name and is looking forward to the extraordinary figure of 100 tournaments won, which only Federer (103) and American Jimmy Connors (109) have surpassed in singles.
- Novak Djokovic
- Jannik Sinner