MATCH REPORT | 2023 ATP Finals: Novak DJOKOVIC masterclass performance sends Carlos ALCARAZ packing, setting the stage for Final

Saturday, 18 November 2023 at 22:41
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Novak Djokovic delivers a tennis masterclass against Carlos Alcaraz, defeating him 6-3, 6-2 to advance in the ATP Finals and set up a title showdown with Jannik Sinner.
The match of the day featured the world No. 1 and world No. 2 in an eagerly anticipated rematch, their fourth encounter of the season. Throughout the 2023 clashes, memorable matches unfolded, including Alcaraz's triumph in the Wimbledon final and the Cincinnati Open final, where Djokovic saved a match point to claim the title.
This time, 'Nole' seized the opportunity as his opponent did not bring his A-game, showcasing the best of his repertoire against Alcaraz. The most competitive phase of the match occurred in the first half of the opening set, where the Spaniard had break opportunities in the first game but failed to capitalize. Afterward, both held their subsequent service games, with Alcaraz hitting 82% of first serves during the set.
However, the Serbian maestro emerged in the eighth game, securing his first two break points, which he capitalized on to claim the first set 6-3 through his service in the following game. Following the break, Alcaraz seemed a bit more unfocused and less precise, which Djokovic skillfully managed to take the initiative in the game.
The second set began with Alcaraz holding his service to love, but 'Nole' won the next three games with a break, capitalizing on the Spanish player's errors. The 24-times Grand Slam champion took a 3-1 lead, looking superior to Alcaraz and came close to securing a second consecutive break.
Alcaraz's best moment came in the sixth game, where he had two break points in his favor, signaling a potential comeback. However, Djokovic continued to demonstrate his authority, maintaining the lead and saving a challenging game. Although Alcaraz showed resilience towards the end of the match, he conceded another break and couldn't overcome 'Nole,' exiting with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat.
In the final, Djokovic will face Jannik Sinner once again, who defeated him in the round-robin stage with a score of 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-7(2) and comes into the final with a streak of four consecutive victories. The Serbian is the defending champion and tops the historical chart with six titles, tied with Roger Federer. A victory would make him the most successful player in the year-end tournament's history.

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