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Novak Djokovic hopes to crown a great season with his seventh ATP Finals title



Novak Djokovic beat Carlos Alcaraz 6-3 6-2 the reach the championships match at the Nitto ATP Finals at the Pala Alpitour in Turin. 


Djokovic now leads 3-2 in his head-to-head matches against Alcaraz. The Serbian player won his previous two matches against his younger Spanish rival in the semifinal of Roland Garros and in an epic 3-hour and 49-minute final in Cincinnati earlier this year. His win in the Turin semifinal was much easier than in Cincinnati. Alcaraz beat Djokovic in the Madrid semifinal in 2022 and in the five-set Wimbledon final. 

“It was one of the best matches of the year in these circumstances playing probably against Carlos, the biggest rival I had this year. We had some epic matches. Actually, all three matches we played this year were marathon matches that went the distance. I think everyone expected, including probably both of us, that we were going to have a long night, a big fight, a long match. I just managed to step it up. When I broke his serve at 4-3 in the first set, I played a really flawless match until the end of the match. I played great tennis, high level, put a lot of pressure on his service games, made him play. I served really well when I needed to”, said Djokovic. 

Djokovic started the ATP Finals with a three-set win over Holger Rune securing the Year-End World Number 1 for a record-extending eighth time and 400 weeks at number 1. 

Djokovic was defeated by Jannik Sinner 7-5 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-2) in a 3-hour match. The Serbian star secured his spot in the semifinals with a 7-6 (7-1) 4-6 6-1 win over Hubert Hurkacz in the third round-robin group. Djokovic faced a easier task in his match against Alcaraz in the semifinal. 

“The match could not be coming at a better time for me, considering that I maybe was not playing my best tennis in the first three matches of the group stages, but tonight I played close to my very best”, said Djokovic.  

Djokovic is aiming to take a revenge against Sinner in this Sunday’s final. The world number 1 player has a 3-1 lead in his four head-to-head matches against his younger Italian opponent, who won his first Masters 1000 title in Toronto and two ATP 500 tournaments in Beijing and Vienna. The 22-year-old Italian player has won eight consecutive matches against top 10 opponents since losing to Djokovic in the semifinals of the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament last July. 

“You have to congratulate Sinner. He just played a fantastic match. That’s what I told him at the net. I think in the most important moments. He played his best game and he absolutely deserved to win”, said Djokovic. 

Six-time ATP Finals champion Djokovic will make his attempt to become the third player in six years to avenge a group defeat in the final. 

Djokovic avenged a group loss to Roger Ferderer to win the 2015 ATP Tour title. Alexander Zverev bounced back from group defeats to Djokovic in 2018 and Medvedev in 2021 to win the title match. 

Djokovic will aim to break his tie with Federer for the most titles in Nitto ATP Finals history. 

“I ended up the year as number 1 in the world, reached really all the objectives that I had, broke many records, made history of the sport. Of course, I am thrilled with the season, but I have one more match to go. Hopefully I can crown the season with another win”, said Djokovic. 

Sinner has made the history of Italian tennis the championships match at the Nitto ATP Finals and will receive a strong support from his fans called the “Carota Boys”, who wear orange shirts and orange vests. Sinner will need to play another perfect match to beat Djokovic for the second time this week. “The matches before do not really matter. Especially with this format, you can win against one, but after you can lose. It’s different, but I am still happy that I can go one more time on the court here in Turin. There is a good atmosphere. Hopefully I can show some good tennis”, said Sinner. 

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Hamad Medjedovic wins the Next Gen Finals title in Jeddah



Hamad Medjedovic came back from one set down to beat Arthur Fils 3-4 (6-8) 4-1 4-2 3-4 (9-11) 4-1 after 2 hours and 11 minutes at the Next Gen ATP Finals at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah. 


Medjedovic hit 38 winners to 21 unforced errors. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Medjedovic earned a mini-break to take a 3-2 lead and held two set points at 6-4, but he was not able to convert them. Fils won four consecutive points to win the tie-break 8-6. 

Medjedovic earned a break in the second game to win the second set 4-1. 

Medjedovic becomes the sixth Next Gen ATP Finals champion, joining top 10 players Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz. The 20-year-old Serbian player is the lowest-ranked champion in tournament history. 

Medjedovic started the third set with an early break in the first game. The Serbian player held on his serve to seal the set 4-2. 

Medjedovic recovered from squandering two match points at 6-4 in a thrilling tie-break of the fourth set at 5-6 and 7-8. Fils saved both chances on second serves and won four of the next five points to win the tie-break 11-9 forcing the match to a deciding set. 

to win the first five-set final in tournament history. The Serbian player won 88% and converted his third match point to clinch the biggest title of his career so far. 

Medjedovic earned a break in the second game of the fifth set. Fils earned himself a penalty point for a smash of his raquet and went down 0-3. Medjedovic held on his next service games and converted his third match point. 

“Two of us from Serbia. Djokovic won the big Masters, the real one, and I won the Next Gen. Obviously it’s a huge thing and I am happy to follow in his footsteps in some way. I can’t believe I have won this title. It’s going to give me a lot of confidence for 2024. Arthur is an amazing player. He is top 40 for a reason”, said Medjedovic. 

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Elena Rybakina headlines a strong line-up in Adelaide



Elena Rybakina, Zheng Qinwen, Carolina Garcia and Angelique Kerber will highlight the Adelaide International, a WTA 500 tournament.


Rybakina reached the final at the Adelaide International on her tournament debut in 2022, losing to now retired Ashleigh Barty. Rybakina went on to win her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon later last year. The Kazakh player finished runner-up to Aryna Sabalenka in the Australian Open final in 2023. 

Zheng won her first WTA 500 title in Zhengzhou and reached the final in Zhuhai, ending the 2023 season at a career-high of world number 15. 

Angelique Kerber will make her come-back to the WTA Tour at the United Cup before playing her first WTA draw in Adelaide. Kerber gave birth to her daughter Liana last February. The German player won titles at the 2016 Australian Open and in Sydney 2018 and reached in Sydney 2014 and in Brisbane 2018. 

Kerber is one of the three former number 1 players, who are making her come-back on the WTA Tour after giving birth to their children. 

Caroline Wozniacki lost to eventual champion Coco Gauff in the Round of 16 at the US Open in her third tournament back. 

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is planning to make her return next January after giving back to her child Shai last July. 

“It’s definitely way more tournaments than I used to play. So I think some people will be happy with that. I realized that I don’t know how the beginning of the year is going to go for me. I don’t know the level of player and I think I have to ease into it. At the very least, I will set myself up for a very good end of the year”, said Osaka.

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Arthur Fils beats Luca Van Assche in all-French semifinal at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah



World number 36 Arthur Fils beat his friend Luca Van Assche 2-4 4-1 4-3 (7-1) 4-3 (8-6) in an all-French clash after 1 hour and 37 minutes to reach the final at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah. 


Van Assche, who was born in Belgium but moved to Belgium when he was three years old, broke serve in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and served out the first set to 15. Van Assche won 12 of the last 14 points. 

Fils hit a couple of big forehands to earn three break points at 2-1 15-40. Van Assche saved one break point with a volley, but Fils converted his second chance to open up a 3-1 lead, as Van Assche netted a backhand. Fils served out with a hold at 15 to level the match at one set apiece. 

The first five games of the third set went on serve. Van Assche led 2-3 30-40 on Fils’serve to earn two set points. 

Fils saved them before racing out to a 5-0 lead. Van Assche won his first point with a forehand. Fils earned five set points and closed it out when Van Assche netted a backhand. 

Fils won 22 consecutive points on his first serve until 2-1 in the fourth set. Van Assche faced a match point at 2-3, but Van Assche saved it to force another tie-break. Fils opened up a 4-1 with a mini-break. Van Assche won three points to 4-4 before saving two match points at 4-6 and 5-6. Fils hit a forehand to earn a fourth match point and converted it when Van Assche sent a backhand over the baseline. 

Van Assche beat Fils in the boys’ singles final at 2021 Roland Garros. Fils won his first title in Lyon last May. 

“I played every point trying everything with my forehand, moving very good. I was very happy with the tie-break. Today was a tough match against a great friend. We have known each other since we were nine, so it was a little bit tough and I am happy with the win. I came onto the court with the mindset that I can win. The first set was tough, he was playing very good and defending so well, running very fast. I kept my focus and I am really happy with the win”, said Fils. 

Fils set up a final clash against Hamad Medjedovic, who advanced to the championships match, when Dominic Stricker was forced to withdraw in the second set due to a back injury in the semifinal. 

Medjedovic was leading 4-3 (7-5) 2-1 when Stricker walked to the net and ended the match. 

Medjedovic hit 12 winners to 3 unforced errors. The Serbian player won three matches in the round-robin group. 

Medjedovic won 93% of his first serve points in the first set. Stricker did not drop a point on his first serve. Medjedovic earned his only mini-break to seal the tie-break 7-5. 

Medjedovic earned an early break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead before Stricker retired from the match. 

Medjedovic reached two semifinals in Gstaad and Astana. He is coached by Viktor Troicki. Stricker advanced to the semifinals at the 2022 Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. 

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