Novak Djokovic stops Jannik Sinner to win ATP Finals

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Novak Djokovic simply cannot stop setting records at age 36. On Sunday, he defeated Jannik Sinner 6-3 6-3 in the final of the ATP Finals and Djokovic won the year-end event for a record seventh time. He was previously tied with Roger Federer for the all-time lead. Earlier in the tournament, Djokovic had cemented his status as year-end No. 1 making that the eighth time he has done. You guessed it; That is a record.

In the first set, Novak Djokovic seemingly left off where he ended in Saturday’s semifinal against Carlos Alcaraz. Through the first set, Djokovic had just 2 unforced errors. There was little that Sinner could have done that would have changed the first set outcome.

Sinner had his home country firmly behind him at the start of the match in Turin, Italy, but Novak Djokovic was playing at such a high level the crowd stayed mostly quiet and did not affect the match. In the second set, Djokovic got a break to start the set but the match did tighten some. Several of Sinner’s service games went to deuce, but late in the set, so did Djokovic’s.

Novak Djokovic wins ATP Finals yet again

Sinner was forced to try to hit shots with pace in uncomfortable positions and he hit more than double the amount of unforced errors than Djokovic while the Serb finished with more winners as well. To close out the match, Sinner double-faulted and that marked the third time in the match Novak Djokovic had broken him. Heading into the final, Sinner had not been broken at the ATP Finals.

Djokovic won 91 percent of his first serves while Sinner came in at just 66 percent. The second serve was the deciding point at times, of course, but during the second set, there was a period of time where Djokovic had taken two of eight first serves from Sinner while Sinner was winning more points on his second serve.

But that is what Novak Djokovic does to players; He changes the game. Now the ATP season is over and Djokovic is once again king. But if you want more Novak Djokovic, you do not have to wait long. He will be participating in the Davis Cup for Serbia this week.

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