Novak Djokovic proved once again why he is the best player in the world, defeating Jannik Sinner in the final of the ATP World Tour Final Year End Championships in Turin, Italy. Djokovic avenged his loss to Sinner in the group stage with a straight sets victory 63 63 over the Italian.
Djokovic continues to show why he is the number one player in the world, snatching that title away from Carlos Alcaraz. You saw in the semifinals and final Djokovic took his game to another level. Novak Djokovic talks about the Mamba Mentality of Kobe Bryant. He talks about how the bigger the stage, the bigger the event, he takes his game to the next level. Not to mention, he talks about these young guys wanting to get his scalp. Well, he’s avenged a couple of these losses this year.
Djokovic has now beaten Alcaraz twice in a row. Once in Cincinnati and once at the ATP World Tour Final event. This is after losing to the young Spaniard at the Wimbledon final and losing to him at Madrid a year ago. By the way, Alcaraz was the only man to beat Nadal and Djokovic in the same event on clay.
As for Sinner, he started to turn things around. He had a great end to the season on the indoor hard courts. Sinner gets to the ATP World Tour Finals and goes unbeaten in group play. Now, he needed three-plus hours to beat Djokovic in their group-stage match, but it was a really good match. Things could have gone either way. There was a chance Djokovic could have won that match, too.
In the second set center, he was able to come back and win. Then, in the third set, Sinner took his game to another level with the big points. So you thought, well, there is a chance here for Sinner in the final. However, he was emotionally spent, while Djokovic was just getting started.
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It’s not like Alcaraz isn’t a tough opponent. But Djokovic knows at this stage, it is hard to beat him twice. And you saw in the semis, one mistake, Djokovic gets the break. A few more miscues here and there and the set and match was over. That is how dominant Djokovic was.
He didn’t look great early on, but it is best of three-set matches. It’s hard to tell what a player is like in such a unique tournament like this one. But once the semifinals and finals come, he does not lose. This is why he’s one of the greatest players of all time.
Most majors in tennis history, most masters 1000 titles in tennis history, and most ATP World Tour final championships. The number of days he sits as the number one player in the world and the list goes on of his accomplishments. But Novak Djokovic once again proved that it’s his tour. It’s his time, and he just wants to be the best player.
It doesn’t matter who’s coming along. He’s gonna take the title any way necessary, and it’s tough to beat him. It’s tough to beat him in the best of five sets. It’s tough to beat him in the best of three sets, especially when he’s playing like this. He just adds another marker to his list of accomplishments. All this man does is win. Djokovic continues to show why the bigger the stage, the brighter the lights. It does not matter to him; he will take his game to another level because of his mentality.
You know, early on, we see him pull out of events. But he gets his breathing down, gets the flexibility, and guys make him a better player. Early on, it was Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Now it is the likes of Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, and Jannik Sinner.
He knows how to adjust, and how ironic it is that Sinner could have kept him out of the knockout stage. IF Sinner had lost to Holger Rune, Djokovic would have gone home. But Sinner beat Rune, allowing Djokovic to get to the semifinals. Thus, we got the rematch in the final.
While Djokovic was the favorite, Sinner had the backing of the crowd. However, this was Novak Djokovic’s time. This is his tour, and until proven otherwise, Novak Djokovic is the best player in the world. And he just proved it again at the ATP World Tour Final.
Full Press Coverage has been all over the ATP and WTA seasons. There’ll be a little short hiatus. Davis Cup is coming this week. But we’ll be back again in January when things get going again at the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic will be the favorite again, for sure.