An opponent was finally able to outwit Novak Djokovic again on the tennis court.
Jannik Sinner beat the world’s top player at the ATP finals in Turin. It was Djokovic’s first loss in 19 matches.
The duel lasted more than three hours and neither player wanted to take a step back for the other. Sinner finally hit the winning shot in the deciding ax pot to clinch the showdown 7-5, 6-7 and 7-6.
“I definitely have a little more confidence in certain parts of a game. I was now able to dish out fearless play in the important moments of the showdown – especially in the third set,” said the young Italian.
According to Sinner, it was a match of top quality.
“We hit both really well and there weren’t many shots, but when we could hit the ball back we did it with meaning.”
Djokovic was also impressed with Sinner’s adventurous approach to the showdown.
“Jannik fought for every single point and I think that was the ultimate difference between us. At times I wasn’t aggressive enough on the court and that gave him the upper hand,” said the 36-year-old Serbian.
Needless to say, Sinner is in his element with his performance.
“It means an incredible amount. This is one of the very best matches of my career – I beat the world’s top player, someone who has 24 Grand Slam titles to his name.”