"Goran Ivanisevic, last Saturday, understood that I would win the tournament. Did I have the same feeling? Yes. Perhaps the ones against Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz, given the circumstances, are the two best matches I have played this season.
Here when I realized I was going to win the tournament." Novak Djokovic shared these words after his 7th victory at the ATP Finals, surprising the media present at the press conference. "We all know the qualities of Alcaraz and Sinner.
Facing Sinner in front of his crowd, the way I finished the tournament and the season, it's all fantastic. I am very proud of my performance. Goran was probably referring to the fact that I wasn't mentally present after having the certainty of finishing the year as number one.
This was reflected in my level of play and my performances," he explained.
But words are not enough: it is the records that underline Djokovic's greatness
Djokovic won his 7th title at the ATP Finals, surpassing Roger Federer's 6 triumphs and perhaps definitively putting an end to all the talk about who is tennis's GOAT.
In fact, thanks to Sunday's victory against Jannik Sinner in Turin, Djokovic got his 71st title on hard-courts, also in this case catching up with the Swiss Maestro, who before him held the absolute record. Just one victory now distances Nole from being the absolute ruler on this surface (and to stuill another milestone from Federer!).
Further away in this special ranking we see the presence of other champions who have made the history of this sport. Andrè Agassi closes the podium with 46 titles. Fourth and fifth were two other American tennis players: Jimmy Connors with 43 titles and Pete Sampras, with 36.
Sixth was another important exponent who shared the court with him many times, Andy Murray, with 34 titles. The Czech Ivan Lendl is seventh, with 31 titles.
📊 Tenistas con más 🏆 sobre pista dura (Open Era/Men’s Singles):
🇨🇭 Roger Federer | 71
🇷🇸 NOVAK DJOKOVIC | 71
🇺🇸 Andre Agassi | 46
🇺🇸 Jimmy Connors | 43
🇺🇸 Pete Sampras | 36
🇬🇧 Andy Murray | 34
🇺🇸🇨🇿 Ivan Lendl | 31 pic.twitter.com/NEwLLERav4 — MisterOnly.Tennis (@OnlyRogerCanFly) November 19, 2023