Sinner Downs Djokovic In ATP Finals Classic, Tsitsipas Injured; Medvedev v Zverev

by Staff | November 14th, 2023, 9:33 pm

Jannik Sinner earned one of his best career wins and he did it in style. Sinner downed Novak Djokovic in a classic at the ATP Finals 7-5, 6-7(5), 7-6(2) in just over three rounds.

“It’s part of the process. I feel that I’m a little bit more confident in certain moments in a match,” Sinner told the ATP. “I think I was really brave and intelligent in important moments, especially the third set. I felt like we were both serving really well so there were not so many exchanges, but when the exchanges were played we both played really well.

“That was a really high-level match.”

Sinner had lost to Djokovic all three previous meetings but Sinner struck first taking the opener capitalizing on Djokovic’s weaker second serve.

Djokovic trailed in the second set breaker before erupting winning five of the last seven points as Sinner let down.

But the Italian, who had played so well all match, raised her level even higher in the final breaker, dominating Djokovic who had recovered a break deficit earlier in the set.

Djokovic had won his last 19 matches coming in and finished +16 in winners/errors, but came up just short.

“I think the main difference is that in the important points, he was going for it, he was more courageous,” Djokovic said. “He deserved to win because in important moments I wasn’t aggressive enough, I wasn’t decisive enough. I gave him the opportunity to take the control over the points. At 5-all in third set, 15-30, second serve, I was in the rally and should have stepped in and didn’t, and he did.

“You have to just congratulate him. He just played a fantastic match. That’s what I told him at the net. I think in the most important moments, he played his best game and he absolutely deserved to win.”

Djokovic will now face Hubert Hurkacz on Thursday with a spot in the semifinals at stake.

Hurkacz replaced Stefanos Tsitsipas had to retire down 2-1 to Holger Rune at the start of their round robin match. Tsitsipas cited a bad back.

“For me, it’s important to be fit and feel good with my back. The pain was very big,” Tsitsipas said. “I’ve gone through pain during matches in the past, and I endured pain, but this was clearly too much to handle. I had to take the difficult decision to do what I did.

“I felt it at the second game of the match. I actually felt it in the warm-up with my serve. Warming up on my serve, I felt very irritated and lots of pain hitting me on my back. I kind of knew at that time that I might not be able to go all the way.”

Rune will now face Sinner on Thursday. Rune will have to win to have a chance to reach the semifinals.

Tomorrow, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev resume their rivalry. Medvedev leads 10-7 in this battle of former ATP Finals winners. They will meet for a sixth time this year with the Russian taking four of them. The winner will all but lock in a semifinal berth.

Also, Carlos Alcaraz returns to face Andrey Rublev.

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11 Comments for Sinner Downs Djokovic In ATP Finals Classic, Tsitsipas Injured; Medvedev v Zverev

skeezer Says:

Nice win for the kid.

zed Says:

It was and he has the talent and the temperament to be world #1 and to win multiple slams.

He leads in the head-to-heads against Alcaraz and unless Alcaraz can address his slump that lead will only widen next year.

I don’t know if Sinner can win a slam in 2024 but I’m pretty sure he’ll win multiple in the ensuing years.

Wog Boy Says:

Now watch Alcaraz “fans” climbing on Sinner bandwagon 😂

Giles Says: Told you he’s an arsehole! Always the same insecure shite.

zed Says:

I’ve missed your sad desperation Giles, welcome back!

p.s. how’s your Mum?

Wog Boy Says:

Zed, it’s good that she is back, suffering in silence is never good.

Giles Says:

XYZ. Mummy is fine thank you. She says Hi.
But the faker is still an arsehole

zed Says:

Good to hear Giles.

Any progress on the job front or are you still on the dole?

Giles Says:

XYZ. Dole money is good. How about you? Still living in your bed-sit?

zed Says:

Giles, nahhh. My wife and I are empty nesters now. A lifetime of working, saving and investing has us living comfortably.

We’re hoping to come to your great country (and many others) over the next few years before grand kids come along.

It’s a race to see who will retire first, us or Nole.

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