Djokovic Claims Seventh Title, Sets Record in Final Tournament

    Novak Djokovic won the tennis final title for a record seventh time, moving one ahead of Roger Federer, by beating Italy’s Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-3 in the final on Sunday in Turin.

    The world number one Serbian earned his second straight title in the tournament, which annually attracts the top eight players of the season, as he reached the title match by eliminating second-ranked Spaniard Carlos Alcarraz. World Cup in the semi-finals, defeating him 6-3 and 6-2.

    The 36-year-old’s only mistake in the 54th edition of this tournament came in the group stage, when he lost to Sinner in particular 5-7, 6-7, 6-7, but took revenge in the fourth match on Sunday. -seeded Italian, defeating him for the fourth time in five matches between them.

    Djokovic prevented his 22-year-old opponent Sinner from completing the achievement he achieved yesterday, Saturday, when he defeated world number three Russian Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals, becoming the first Italian to reach the final of the tournament. the final.

    Djokovic, who has taken his total tally to 98 titles during his storied career and moved closer to Americans Jimmy Connors (109) and Federer (103) and the $4.8 million allocated to the champion in Turin, said: β€œThis is something special. “I’m very happy and proud of my last matches. I had an exceptional week.”

    The Serbian entered the tournament at the end of a year in which he won three titles in four majors, bringing his total Grand Slam titles to a record 24 titles, in addition to his 40th Masters title with a thousand points. Federer won the championship final for the seventh time after 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2023.

    Djokovic added this record achievement to another he achieved earlier in the tournament when he defeated Denmark’s Holger Rohne in the first round of the group stage, ensuring he finished the season at the top of the professional classification for a record eighth time. after 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2020 and 2021.

    The Serbian also strengthened his record of being at the top of the professional rankings for a 399th week (tomorrow, Monday, he will reach 400th place in the rankings), well behind second-place Federer (310), noting that he lost count 22 for weeks. was in the lead from March 23 to August 23, 2020 as a result of the competition being suspended due to the Corona virus outbreak.

    Source: AFP

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