Novak Djokovic completed another record-breaking title run with his victory over Jannik Sinner in the final of the 2023 ATP Finals in Turin on Sunday.
The world No 1 downed the 22-year-old Italian 6-3, 6-3 in the title match at the year-end championships as he claimed the seventh title of an incredible 2023 season.
Here is a look at seven stellar and intriguing stats from Djokovic’s triumph at the fifth-biggest tournament in the men’s game.
Djokovic’s triumph over Sinner saw him claim a record seventh title at the ATP Finals, having previously been level with his great rival Roger Federer on six.
The world No.1 first won the year-end championships in 2008, then added four consecutive triumphs between 2012 and 2015, before waiting seven years to secure his sixth in 2022.
With his three-set victory over Holger Rune in his opening group stage match, Djokovic secured a record-extending eighth year-end finish as the ATP world No.1. The Serb’s idol Pete Sampras ended the second-most seasons on top of the ATP Rankings with six.
This also ensured the 36-year-old would stretch his staggering record total of weeks spent as world No 1, with this week his 400th at the top of the mountain.
The Serbian has now won 98 ATP singles titles, with only Jimmy Connors (109) and Federer (103) having collected more.
Of these, an imperious total of 71 have come at hard-court events, with the 24-time Major champion equalling the Open Era record held by Federer.
By reaching his ninth championship match at the ATP Finals, Djokovic became the first player to make multiple finals at the tournament after turning 35.
The 36-year-old, who celebrates his birthday on May 22, was 35 when he defeated Casper Ruud in the title match at the 2022 year-end championships in Turin.
Djokovic’s success against Sinner in the Turin showpiece was his 55th win of the season, making him just the second player to win 55 or more matches in a calendar year after turning 35.
Australian great Ken Rosewall, an eight-time Grand Slam champion, achieved the feat in both 1970 and 1973.
In the fast indoor conditions in Turin, Djokovic fired 51 aces across his five matches en route to winning the title, which is the most he has ever hit in a single tour event, excluding Grand Slams.
The world No 1 hit 20 aces in his three-set round-robin defeat to Sinner and delivered 13 in two sets in a stunning serving display against the Italian in the final.
Remarkably, Djokovic became the first world No.1 to win the ATP Finals since Andy Murray famously triumphed at the event for the only time in 2016. Murray defeated Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in the 2016 final in London to clinch his only year-end finish as world No1.
Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, and Djokovic himself, all won the year-end championships without being the top-ranked player in the world between 2017-2022.