Djokovic secures year-end top ranking

a moment to cherish for the 24- time Permata55 Grand Slam champion after securing the time- endNo. 1 ranking for a record- extending eighth time.

Djokovic demanded only one match palm at the ATP Tests to be sure of keeping the top spot and he did it in his nature, beating Holger Rune 7- 6( 4), 6- 7( 1), 6- 3 in a match gauging further than three hours on Sunday and into Monday morning.

” It was a veritably emotional and tough palm because of the significance of tonight’s match,” Djokovic said.” That was added pressure, and attention.”

” It means a lot,” Djokovic added.” You could see there was a lot of feelings on the court. I could feel it. I was veritably eager to win tonight’s match and get that monkey off my reverse.”

The 36- time-old Djokovic had formerly moved ahead of former record holder Pete Sampras( six times atNo. 1) two times agone

Carlos Alcaraz took the honors last time.

But Djokovic bounced back this time by winning three of the four major titles and finishing runner- up to Alcaraz at Wimbledon.

” It always has been a huge ideal and huge thing of mine to beNo. 1 in the world. Other than Grand Slams, that is what counts the most,” Djokovic said.” To finish off the time asNo. 1 at this stage of my life and career is commodity really amazing.”

After this event, Djokovic will come the first player to hold theNo. 1 ranking for 400 weeks, with Roger Federer at 310 the only other man to outdo the 300- week mark.

still, he will break a tie with Federer and capture a record seventh title at the stint tests, If Djokovic raises the jewel coming weekend.

” A big thing is achieved; everything differently now is a perk,” Djokovic said.

Djokovic has won 19 straight matches since his five- set loss to Alcaraz in the Wimbledon final in July.

before in the same group, Jannik Sinner beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6- 4, 6- 4.

Djokovic ended a close first set with a blazing forehand return winner — also flexed his right biceps and held the disguise for a many moments before unleashing an authoritative fist pump.

The 20- time-old Rune was making his debut at the season- ending event for the time’s top eight players, and he took a set off Djokovic for the fourth time in five career meetings.

Djokovic also beat Rune in three tight sets at the Paris Masters this month.

After Djokovic gave up an early break in the third, he broke two discordances with his bottom before sitting down for the transfiguration. But he snappily recaptured his countenance and the lead — ahead finishing the match off shortly after night.

trilled wrongdoer after his brisk palm over Tsitsipas in the opening match of the event made it sound like a soccer colosseum inside the Turin arena.

Before the Italian could respond during an on- court interview, suckers started singing his name so loudly that all he could do was step back, smile and say,” Grazie.”

” The feeling is this,” wrongdoer said.” Kind of a football colosseum. Also with the roof closed, it’s a little bit louder. It’s nice. It means that the people, they really watch about me.”

Supported by chants of” Vai Jannik”(” Go Jannik”) and signs that read” Facci Sognare”(” Let us dream”), wrongdoer gave the suckers just what they came for with his blistering birth shots and strong serve.

The 22- time-old wrongdoer is finishing up a time in which he has claimed four titles including his first Masters 1000 jewel and is over to a career-highNo. 4 — the first Italian that high since Adriano Panatta nearly a half- century agone

wrongdoer indeed showed off some of his newfound touch when he produced
a cacography topspin lob winner while on the run beforehand in the alternate set.

also on his first match point, Sinner spun an ace out wide on the fiend court to close in 1 hour, 25 twinkles.

It was Sinner’s stint- leading 14th palm indoors this time — against just one loss.

” The match went really, really well and the crowd support was crazy,” Sinner said.” It’s not just about enhancement, it’s about destinations and the destination I wanted to reach this time was to be then.”

wrongdoer served nine aces to Tsitsipas’ six amid fast conditions inside the Pala Alpitour and did not face a single break point.

” He surely has bettered his serve, and he showed it moment,” Tsitsipas said.” There was not important I could do. I was trying to guess occasionally. He serves really close to the lines, to the corners.. I am not the Elastigirl from the superheroes to be behind these balls.”

Tsitsipas, the 2019 champion, had cut short a practice session on Friday due to an apparent physical issue but he said he was” absolutely fine.”

Matches in the other group on Monday point Alcarazvs. Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedevvs. Andrey Rublev.

The top two finishers in each group advance to the semifinals.