Novak Djokovic clinched a record seventh ATP Finals title after defeating home favourite Jannik Sinner 6-3 6-3.
The raucous crowd in Turin’s Pala Alpitour were clearly backing the Italian, but Serbia’s Djokovic was able to shut out the noise to triumph in two sets and avenge a group-stage defeat to his opponent.
Sinner had been roared on by his supporters as he won 7-5 6-7(5) 7-6(2) earlier this week.
Djokovic was then reliant on Sinner to reach the semi-finals, needing the world No. 4 to beat Holger Rune in his last match of the group stage. Sinner did so over three sets, before defeating Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals
The world number one was ruthless in the first set against Sinner this evening, securing a victory in just 38 minutes.
He won 20 of 22 service points and landed 73% of his first serves, with his opponent barely able to get a foothold in the encounter.
Sinner managed to disrupt Djokovic’s rhythm in the second set, but failed to capitalise on an opportunity to level at three games each. His return also let him down on several occasions.
Match point came with Djokovic 5-3 up in the second set, with Sinner’s double fault giving him a historic victory.
The 36-year-old has now moved ahead of Roger Federer as the tennis player with the most ATP Finals titles.
While his peers have either retired from tennis or struggled with injury, Djokovic has experienced one of his most impressive seasons yet.
Victories came at the Australian Open, French Open and US Open, but he was unable to complete a calendar slam after losing to Carlos Alcaraz in the Wimbledon final.
Djokovic, who pocketed £3.5 million for winning the ATP Finals, agreed this campaign was “one of the most successful seasons” of his career.
“To my team, we went through great moments, tough moments, and they have helped me to get this trophy,” he said.
“I’m 36 years old so things are a little bit tougher now but they help me to get through it. The results are incredible because of the work and the dedication of my team.”
Sinner enjoyed a successful season despite his defeat in Turin, winning four ATP titles, including the Canadian Open. Djokovic tipped the 22-year-old for a Grand Slam in the future.
“It was not the result you wanted today but I wish you a great season next year,” he said. “You have all the chances to become world number one and win a Grand Slam.”
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