Novak Djokovic says he hopes to cap a successful 2023 season with a record seventh ATP Finals title after defeating world number one Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals to set up a showdown with Jannik Sinner.
Djokovic won the Australian Open, French Open and US Open this year, reaching 24 Grand Slam titles and surpassing his rival Rafa Nadal. She also broke Steffi Graf’s record for most weeks as world number one.
“I’ve had almost a perfect season, a Grand Slam season,” Djokovic told reporters after Saturday’s 6-3, 6-2 win over Alcaraz. said.
“I ended the year as number one in the world, I really achieved all my goals, broke many records, and made sports history. Of course, I’m very excited about the season.
“But there is one more match left. I hope I can crown the season with a new victory,” he said.
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Djokovic will face local favorite Sinner in the final on Sunday, with the world number one looking for revenge after losing to the Italian in the group stage.
“He’s been the best player in the tournament so far. He’s won four out of four matches and played great tennis. Obviously he’s riding the huge wave of support from the Italian crowd here,” Djokovic said.
“He is going for his first trophy. It will be my seventh appearance at the World Tour Finals at the end of the year. I have been in these situations before. I hope the experience can help a little.
“But I don’t think it will be a winner because he is playing well, he will be with the fans. I know what to expect. I think playing a match with him in such an atmosphere helps me prepare better.”
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