The World No. 1 ended the year in the best possible way by securing his 7th ATP Finals title with a convincing triumph over the 22-year-old local player Jannik Sinner by 6-3, 6-3. Although the Italian had won their first encounter just five days earlier, this time 'Nole' showcased his effectiveness in finals to secure a comfortable victory.
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Italian media have pointed out that the young star could have avoided facing Djokovic if he had lost his round-robin match against Holger Rune. This would have given the Dane and Sinner the qualification, leaving out the 24-times Grand Slam champion. The publication of 'La Gazzetta dello Sport' criticized Sinner for his naivety in not conceding to Rune despite having some back problems.
Djokovic's triumph continues to enhance his legacy, breaking another record as the all-time leader in ATP Finals victories, surpassing Roger Federer. The Serbian commented that his ambitions do not stop, and he will face new challenges in the coming year.
"Well, you can win four Slams and Olympic gold," Djokovic said.
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"I have always the highest ambitions and goals. That's not going to be different for the next year, that's for sure. The drive that I have is still there,” he added.
"Motivation, especially for the biggest tournaments in sport, is still present. For me, obviously those are Grand Slams and Finals, and next year hopefully also Olympic Games," he concluded.
Djokovic ended the year as the world No. 1 with a significant lead over Alcaraz, who will have to wait until the Australian Open in January to challenge 'Nole' again for the top spot in the rankings. The 36-year-old athlete quickly traveled from Turin to Malaga to join the Serbian Davis Cup team, as they are set to face Great Britain in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup Finals.