Tennis legend reveals what surprised him in Novak Djokovic's loss to Jannik Sinner

Djokovic fell just short of beating Sinner in an ATP Finals thriller.

by Dzevad Mesic
Tennis legend reveals what surprised him in Novak Djokovic's loss to Jannik Sinner
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Tim Henman was surprised that Novak Djokovic didn't take on the Turin crowd "with much more animosity" after they started going at it. Late in the first set against Jannik Sinner at the ATP Finals, Djokovic applauded the Turin crowd for distracting him after serving a double fault.

During a changeover, Djokovic then appeared to orchestrate the crowd and gesture them to boo him louder. Usually, Djokovic feeds from that type of negative energy and finds a way to beat his opponent and make a strong statement to the crowd.

But against Sinner, that didn't happen as the Serb lost a thriller to the Italian 5-7 7-6 (5) 6-7 (2). The ATP Finals are taking place in Turin and the crowd was throwing major support behind Sinner throughout the entire three hours and 11 minutes of play.

“Sometimes when Djokovic starts taking on a crowd it is with much more animosity than he showed here. Here, he looked like he was enjoying it. Maybe it is a reflection of him ending the year as world No 1 whatever. He was the conductor.

Trying to orchestrate the crowd. It seemed he was in good spirits, but he will be disappointed to lose this match," Henman said on Amazon Prime.

Henman applauds Sinner's performance against Djokovic

After revealing what surprised him, Henman also praised Sinner for stepping up and delivering in front of his home fans against Djokovic.

“It was an amazing night. Sinner absolutely delivered. I’m so pleased for him, these Italian fans and this event that he managed to come through. It could be a major turning point. He’s been doing all the right things, winning a Masters 1000 event and reaching a Grand Slam semi-final, but he has just delivered across the board.

He served so well and did such a good job in the deciding tie-break," Henman said. After ending on the losing side to Djokovic in their first three meetings, Sinner finally got his first win over the Serb.

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