Novak Djokovic won the ATP Finals for the sixth time, graduating as a 'Master' seven years after the last time. The Serbian champion has thus equaled Roger Federer's record, as well as reiterating that he is still the strongest around.
The former world number 1 won all the matches played in Turin, leaving only one set along the way. The 35-year-old from Belgrade, who also became the oldest Masters winner, left no chance for Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Daniil Medvedev, Taylor Fritz and Casper Ruud.
In doing so, Nole made extraordinary a season heavily conditioned by her choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The 'Djoker' was forced to miss the Australian Open and the US Open, as well as suffering serious reputational damage.
Also due to his vaccination status, Novak also had to give up all the American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati). Through his Twitter profile, ESPN Deportes analyst Luis Alfredo Alvarez paid tribute to Djokovic.
Alvarez pays tribute to Djokovic
"Novak Djokovic has become the most dominant figure in tennis. Since 2015, he averages almost 2 Grand Slam titles per year. With the competition that's out there now and coming out, I don't see that changing in the next 3 years.
Djokovic will reach 26-30 GS titles," Alvarez tweeted. Novak Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic recently reflected on the Serb’s turbulent 2022 season after his historic sixth ATP Finals win. “(Novak Djokovic) took some days off (after Wimbledon victory), but he has to start to practice because we were hoping for good news from U.S.,” he said at the ATP Finals press conference, “I had my bags packed.
I was there waiting. That's another waiting, waiting, waiting. He was practicing, he was preparing, and we were waiting. The news were not coming. Then Cincinnati passed. Another week. Then when US Open kind of started, we knew we not going to the States.
I spent my summer very nice. I was in Umag. We had a great tournament. Was with my family. But I wanted to go to New York. I wanted to be there. Unfortunately, U.S. is not open yet, and hopefully they're going to do it very soon,” he said.
"Because of everything what happened this year, with Wimbledon this year... But this one is special. Very tough year. To finish the year like this, to win tournament like this after how many six years he won a Masters? I call it Masters, now it's ATP Finals," he said.