Djokovic and Sinner went out for the final official final of the 2023 ATP season under unique circumstances – they were facing each other for the second time this week. The home hopeful took to the court for the biggest final of his career with his trademark Gucci bag slung across his shoulder before Djokovic followed suit, seeking a record-extending seventh title at the tournament.
An “ole Sinner” chant broke out before the game started, and the crowd cheered their man on during the warm-up. But the world No. And Sinner dominated wide to give Djokovic the advantage.
The 22-year-old looked different from the one who ended Djokovic’s 19-match winning streak on Tuesday when he threw some errant errors and looked tired after a long week. The Italian fans began to sing again as the World No.
But it was to no avail as Djokovic closed out perfectly with just 38 minutes on the clock after dominating his service games, dropping just two points and shooting seven faces. There was nothing Sinner could do as the 36-year-old refused to miss and began to hurtle towards the finish line when he immediately broke to love to start the second set.
Djokovic was relentless as he went on a streak to win 14 points in a row, ending when Sinner was serving 0-2 0-30 down. The Italian still found himself drawn into a dogfight, saving three break points to get himself on the board. Djokovic was in trouble for the first time at 3-2 as Sinner finally had break point chances after a couple of mistakes from the Serbian.
But he closed the door very quickly and refused to let Sinner back into the match, relying on some huge serves to get him out of the hot water. It was a similar story to Djokovic’s semi-final match against Carlos Alcaraz on Saturday night when the Spaniard suddenly went out of business with several break points back in the middle of the second set.
Saved the world No. 1 and did not lose another game for the rest of the game. And he looked to do the same against sinners. It took more than 15 minutes but the 22-year-old was able to hold on, waving his hand in the air to encourage more cheers after saving two break points.
After his massive hold, Sinner had a small opening in the next game when he took a 0-30 lead and pulled Djokovic to deuce as the world No 1 level fell. But the fourth seed couldn’t do anything yet as the Serbian put himself within a game of the title.
And he didn’t even have to serve for the title himself because of a sinful double fault that gave Djokovic a historic seventh crown in the season-ending championships. World No 1 Serbia still has the Davis Cup next week but ends his ATP regular season with seven titles and just six losses for the year.
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