'Novak Djokovic would have like to won that final over...', says expert


'Novak Djokovic would have like to won that final over...', says expert

With four ATP Tour titles under his belt in 2022, Novak Djokovic wants to end the season by putting the finishing touch on the Nitto ATP Finals. "It would be a perfect ending," Djokovic told ATP Media on Friday. “The icing on the cake, of course, but there is a long way to go.

It's a long week." The Serb is excited about the challenge of taking on the best rackets on the ATP Tour in Turin with the prospect of his sixth Nitto ATP Finals crown and equaling Roger Federer's record. "You have to play with the best in the world," Djokovic acknowledged.

“You have to play more or less against everyone in this tournament at least once, so I'm looking forward to it. I have experience in this tournament, in this format, and I hope it can serve me”. The prestigious season-ending tournament represents a unique stop on the ATP Tour, both on and off the court.

The group stage format guarantees at least three games for each player in Turin, and in this sense Djokovic has been impressed with the expectation that the presence of the eight best players in the world has raised in the Italian city.

“Today is a very beautiful day and it is great to see so many people on the streets to welcome us in this beautiful city of Turin, where the [Nitto ATP Finals] were played last year for the first time,” said the Balkan.

"They're going to be here for five years, and I think it's a great stage, a wonderful pavilion." “Last year there was a great turnout… We felt welcomed and treated in a special way. It's a great thing for each of us, but I think also for the tournament, for tennis, which has been a popular sport in this country and in this city for years.

It is very nice to see that there is expectation around the players”.

Steve Flink pays tribute to Djokovic

American sports journalist Steve Flink praised Novak Djokovic's accomplishments in the 2022 season. "I think that shows how great he is.

Once he got his year going, it wasn't easy and initially the first few tournaments in Dubai, Monte-Carlo, he wasn't really himself. Then, slowly, he got going on the clay and from the time he, winning Rome, losing the Masters to Carlos in Madrid, from that point on the quarters in the French and winning the Wimbledon, the rest of the year, he has been pretty much the standard Novak." The journalist further mentioned: "Yes, he would have like to won that final over Rune [Holger Rune], it's a slight setback.

He has played so many few events than any other top players and he still ends up finishing the year somehow in the top 10. What a remarkable achievement, given how few opportunities he had to garner points."

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