Sinner defeated Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-7(5), 7-6(2) to secure his spot in the ATP Finals semifinals. The Italian
tennis player had previously overcome world No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the ATP Finals opening round with a score of 6-4, 6-4, and entered the Djokovic match with a
challenging 0-3 head-to-head record against the 24-times Grand Slam champion,
seeking his first victory.
first set, both players held their service games, and although Djokovic missed
the only break point in his favor, Sinner capitalized on his second opportunity
in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead and eventually claim the set 7-5. Djokovic
won 73% of the points with his serve, while Sinner achieved 74%, emphasizing
the importance of details in the set.
the set, Djokovic displayed a slightly more aggressive approach, playing close
to the lines to challenge the Italian’s defense. ‘Nole’ recorded 13 winners and
6 unforced errors, while Sinner showcased efficiency with 9 winners and only 1
second set, neither player gave an inch to their opponent, and no break points
were played, leading to a tie-break. Both players demonstrated great
effectiveness in their receiving games, with 7 out of 12 points resulting in
mini-breaks. Djokovic eventually took the lead, winning the tie-break 7-6(5) to
level the match.
maintained a strong presence from the baseline in the third set, improving the
distribution of his shots and avoiding Djokovic’s challenging net approaches.
Sinner secured a crucial break in the sixth game, giving him a 4-2 lead and the
opportunity to serve for the victory. However, Djokovic responded promptly,
breaking back in a crucial moment. The match remained tight and was decided in
seized the first two mini-breaks, establishing a 5-0 lead, and held firm to
prevent Djokovic from making a comeback in the tie-break. The match concluded
with Jannik Sinner’s triumph, securing a 7-5, 6-7(5), 7-6(2) victory.
final round-robin match, Sinner will face Holger Rune, while Djokovic will take
on Hubert Hurkacz, who replaced the injured Tsitsipas. Djokovic will be under
pressure to secure a win to advance to the semifinals.