Jannik Sinner was defeated by Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2023 Champions Tour and the Italian spoke about how impressive it is how the Serbian remains the best tennis player in the world despite his age (36).
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Novak Djokovic will not retire anytime soon, believes Jannik Sinner
Sinner says Nole is an inspiration to him and doesn’t think the ATP leader will retire from professional tennis anytime soon. Jannik defeated the Serb in the groups, but was unable to give him much trouble in the final.
“He won 24 Grand Slams. He’s won here seven times now, hasn’t he? His body is in incredible shape. We’ll see him around for I don’t know how many years yet.
What I’ve said on the pitch is that he’s an inspiration because he’s worked all those years before, when he was younger, in the right way, to get to this point. That’s one of my goals too, right?
It’s not just about one season. You look at this season and say, ‘Okay, he played well.’ But you have to play every season in a good way and you have to get to a certain age, 35, 36, 37 or whatever, and still be able to feel the body the right way.
The match is a physical battle now because the balls are getting so fast that you have to be physically ready. Also, mentally you have to understand very quickly what is happening.
That’s what he does better than anyone else right now. He won three Grand Slams out of four. He won the year-end tournament. He won Masters tournaments.
He played very, very well in the big moments. He knows how to handle the situation, especially in the semi-finals and finals. This is good for him” – Jannik Sinner.
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Novak Djokovic’s main records
Born on May 22, 1986, in Belgrade, Djokovic currently holds many tennis records, but the most important are the following three: most Grand Slam titles, most Masters tournaments (ATP 1000) and most many weeks off the ATP leaderboard.
1st place ATP at the end of the season
1 Novak Djokovic 8
2 Pete Sampras 6
3 Roger Federer / Jimmy Connors / Rafael Nadal 5 etc.
Ranking of Grand Slam titles
1 Novak Djokovic 24
2 Rafael Nadal 22
3 Roger Federer 20 (retired)
Ranking of Masters tournaments
1 Novak Djokovic 39
2 Rafael Nadal 36
3 Roger Federer 28 (retired)
Weeks at No. 1 ATP
1 Novak Djokovic 400
2 Roger Federer 301
3 Pete Sampras 286 etc.
Tournament of Champions, most titles
1 Novak Djokovic 7 (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2022, 2023)
2 Roger Federer 6 (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011)
3 Ivan Lendl 5 (1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987)
3 Pete Sampras 5 (1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999)
5 Ilie Nastase 4 (1971, 1972, 1973, 1975) etc.
- At 36, Novak Djokovic had a fantastic season, winning 3 of the 4 Grand Slams (Australian Open, Roland Garros, US Open).
- He also won the tournaments: ATP Finals, Paris Masters, Cincinnati Masters and Adelaide 1. Tennis prizes this season have earned Nole (so far) $11,540,544.
- Nole will finish 2023 with 52 wins and only 5 losses.