Djokovic dispatches Alcaraz at ATP Finals to set up title match against home favorite Sinner

In Sunday’s final of the ATP Finals, Novak Djokovic will compete for his seventh title against home favorite Jannik Sinner. Djokovic secured a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Carlos Alcaraz in Saturday’s semis, whereas Sinner sent Daniil Medvedev packing in a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-1 match. At 36, Djokovic is tied with Roger Federer for the most titles at the season-ending event, while Sinner is the first Italian to reach the final.

However, Sinner previously defeated Djokovic earlier this week, making the final an intriguing matchup. Djokovic had high praise for his opponent, acknowledging that Sinner has been playing “the best tennis of his life.” Djokovic anticipates a challenging match with a fervent Italian crowd cheering Sinner on.

Djokovic received strong support during his semi-final match, with many fans chanting his name between points. The latest battle against Alcaraz saw Djokovic seize control early in the match and maintain the lead, winning 15 consecutive matches in similar situations.

Sinner’s triumph over Medvedev was acknowledged by the fans, with the 22-year-old visibly reveling in the euphoric atmosphere in Turin. Sinner’s performances have catapulted him to No. 4 in the rankings, surpassing Adriano Panatta’s previous record for the highest ranking by an Italian male player.

Sinner also bested Medvedev, breaking the Russian’s dominance in their head-to-head encounters and further solidifying his status as a formidable force. The exhilarating victory over Medvedev prompted an intense exchange during the match, with Sinner ultimately prevailing to reach the final.

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