Jannik Sinner secured a significant victory early in his career by defeating Novak Djokovic in a 2-sets-to-1 match (7/5, 6/7, and 7/6) at the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy, on Tuesday. At 22 years old, the Italian overcame the world No. 1 in a thrilling encounter that lasted 3 hours and 10 minutes, concluding with the enthusiastic celebration of the local crowd.
In an acknowledgment conveyed in Italian through the broadcast camera, the fourth-ranked player in the world expressed his gratitude: “Thank you, everyone.”
Previously, Sinner and Djokovic had faced each other three times, with the 14-year age gap favoring the Serbian, who maintained a 100% advantage over the newcomer. However, this time, Djokovic suffered his first defeat since the Wimbledon final in July, against Carlos Alcaraz.
In the first set, Djokovic and Sinner held their serves, but the Italian broke his opponent’s serve, closing the set at 7-5. The second set was closely contested, with both players holding their serves, but Djokovic leveled with a 7-6 decided in the tiebreak.
The third set followed the same pattern of balance, once again decided in the tiebreak. Sinner excelled, marking 5-0 against Djokovic, reaching a score of 7-2, and concluding the game with a 7-6 victory.
The ATP Finals feature two groups of four players competing for a spot in the semifinals. The top two from each group advance to the next stage.
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