Novak Djokovic continues to etch his name in the record books. The Serb tied Roger Federer's record of six Nitto ATP Finals titles after winning Sunday's final in Turin. The 35-year-old again extended his lead in the race for 'Big Titles' when he defeated Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-3 in the championship match at the Pala Alpitour.
He now owns 65 'Major Titles', which are trophies at a Grand Slam championship, Nitto ATP Finals, ATP Masters 1000 or an individual Olympic gold medal. Djokovic owns six 'Big Titles' more than any other player in history, with rival Rafael Nadal (59) his closest competitor.
Outside of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer (54), no other player holds more than 30 of the prestigious crowns (Pete Sampras, 30). The Serbian first triumphed at the year-end championships in 2008, when the tournament was called the Tennis Masters Cup.
Djokovic has erased the record for the largest gap between the first and most recent Nitto ATP Finals titles with 14. Before his victory on Sunday, the previous record belonged to Sampras and Federer, who lifted their first and last season finals trophy.
eight years apart. Djokovic triumphed in Turin without dropping a set, earning a record $4,740,300 in prize money. He dropped just one set en route to the title, claiming wins against Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Daniil Medvedev, Taylor Fritz and Ruud.
Djokovic's “Big Titles” win rate remains stable at one trophy for every 3.2 events played (65/209), while Nadal has won one “Big Title” for every 3.5 tournaments he has played ( 59/207).
Djokovic won the ATP Finals
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.