Djokovic defeated Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-3 last Sunday to win his 7th ATP Finals crown, the most of any man at the tournament. Djokovic celebrated the week in Turin in style, having also finished the season as the year-end No. 1 for an eighth time.
Yet as Djokovic suffered a brutal round-robin loss to Sinner earlier during the tournament and faced early elimination, he bounced back superbly after being given a second life in the tournament, incidentally by the same player he would go on to defeat in the final.
Straight sets win over Carlos Alcraz in the semifinal and Jannik Sinner in the final further conveyed the message that when the stakes are so high, Djokovic will always rise up to the occasion.
One of Novak Djokovic's soft-spoken attributes is his ability to bounce back after a loss. People always point to his experience, but it was his steely and agile mind that continues to mesmerize. Pound for pound, Sinner looked like he had sufficient power to breach his defenses.
But what turned out on Sunday was Djokovic combating that power with supreme baseline efficiency. His serve was impregnable too, firing 13 aces to zero double faults and saving both break points he faced in the match.
Azarenka dedicated a post on X, to sum up the Serbian's performance while congratulating him at the same time. The Belarusian star called Djokovic's resilience and determination the "most underrated thing" after he produced an assured performance in a partisan atmosphere.
"Novak’s ability after a loss to elevate his level of play and determination to win no matter what is the most underrated thing in my opinion I have seen in tennis! Congratulations on another record-breaking performance @DjokerNole."