Novak Djokovic Reigns at No. 1 Year-End Ranking for Eighth Consecutive Year

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Novak Djokovic beat Holger Rooney 7-6 (4), 6-7 (1), 6-3 in a match that lasted more than three hours Sunday through Monday morning to end the year at No. 1.

Two years ago, Djokovic surpassed previous record holder Pete Sampras, ranked No. 1 for six years. Carlos Alcaraz won that honor last year. But Djokovic has made a comeback this year, winning three of his four Grand Slam titles and finishing runner-up to Alcaraz at Wimbledon.

After this match, Djokovic will become the first player to hold the world No. 1 ranking for 400 consecutive weeks, while Roger Federer broke the 300-week mark with 310.

Novak Djokovic Reigns at No. 1 Year-End Ranking for Eighth Consecutive Year

If Djokovic lifts the trophy next weekend, he will break the tie with Federer and record his seventh individual tour final win.

Yannick Sinner defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4

Yannick Sinner defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 and 6-4 in the opening match of the Nitto ATP Finals. The Italian got the support of the Turin fans, hitting several great baseline shots and powerful serves to defeat the 2019 champion.

Sinner served nine aces to Tsitsipas’ six and didn’t face any break points. Tsitsipas said that Sinner “really improved his serve” and that he’s “not the bouncy girl of superheroes.”

Sinner won four titles during the year, including his first 1,000-meter Masters trophy, and finished a career-high fourth – the first Italian to be ranked that high since Adriano Panetta nearly half a century ago.

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