In the past few weeks, the Serbian didn't seem to be playing his best tennis. He won the Paris Masters, and got out of the round-robin stage at the 2023 ATP Finals, but he was close to losing in many of his matches.
In fact, he had even lost one of the matches when Sinner proved to be too strong, ending Djokovic's 19-match winning streak. However, in the knockout stages of the tournament, fans in Turin saw a completely different Novak Djokovic.
The 36-year-old crushed Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinal, and he was great also in the final. Sinner wanted to reproduce his round-robin win in Pala Alpitour; however, the Italian wasn't able to produce the same level, while his opponent was solid as ever, relying on his experience.
The difference was palpable early in the match, when Sinner couldn't hold a 40-15 lead on his serve, and Djokovic didn't need a second invitation to break his opponent's serve and establish the lead in the match.
The 24-time Grand Slam champion had no problems to finish off the set after that, losing only two points on his serve during the entire set, winning it 6-3.
At the start of the second set, the ATP Finals defending champion was great again, winning ten consecutive points, and having three break points to increase his lead to 3-0 with two breaks.
He couldn't do that, but still, another hold to love showed his dominance on the serve on Sunday evening, as he lost only two points in his first seven service games, while also producing 12 aces.
But in the sixth game of the second set, the Serbian started to struggle. The Italian crowd wanted to get their player back into the match, and Sinner raised his level to create two break point chances.
Yet, even that wasn't enough against superb Djokovic, who just never seemed to be bothered by what was happening on the other side of the court or in the stands.
He continued with what worked the best for him, and eventually won the match 6-3, 6-3 to win his record-breaking seventh ATP Finals title, surpassing Roger Federer, who has won six titles at the ATP Finals in his career.