Novak Djokovic said he utilized his experiences from last year as motivation for this one after defeating Carlos Alcaraz in the ATP Finals semi-finals to secure his spot in the Turin final against Jannik Sinner on Sunday.
Djokovic defeated the Spanish player 6-3, 6-2 in the final four, setting up a rematch with Sinner after he lost to the Italian in the group stages.
Djokovic finished 2023 as the world’s top seed, having won the US, Australian, and French Opens, and was only defeated by Alcaraz in the Wimbledon final.
Djokovic said in his post-match press conference: “I guess last year’s circumstances I used as fuel for this year. I had an almost perfect season in 2023—the Grand Slam season. That mattered the most to me. I ended the year as #1 in the world, reached all the objectives that I had, broke many records, and made history in the sport. Of course, I’m thrilled with the season. But there is one more match to go. Hopefully, I can crown the season with another win.”
Djokovic further added after playing with Alcaraz in the semifinal: “It was one of the best matches of the year in these circumstances, playing probably the biggest rival I had this year, Carlos. We had some epic matches. Actually, all three matches we played this year were marathon matches that went the distance. I think everyone expected, including probably both of us, that we were going to have a long night, a big fight, a long match.”
Djokovic in the Nitto ATP Finals, ranking, and results in 2023
56 - 7win/loss
36 year old
Now the world no.1, the Serbian has an overall 54-6 record in 2023. The Serbian ended his run in the round-robin after defeating Carlos Alcaraz 6-3 6-2.
Novak Djokovic will come up against the world no.4 Jannik Sinner in the final on Sunday at 7:00 pm on Centre Court. Their actual record is 3-1 for Djokovic.
The Serbian has won 6 titles in 2023 in Adelaide, Australian Open, French Open, Cincinnati, U.S. Open and Paris. Djokovic got to the final in Wimbledon.
Novak won 97 titles in his career: 52 on hard courts, 19 on clay courts, 18 on indoor courts and 8 on grass courts. (See the list of his titles)