Novak Djokovic moves closer to Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic moves closer to Roger Federer

A five-time ATP Finals champion Novak Djokovic will compete at the premium ATP event for the 15th time in the previous 16 years. The Wimbledon winner won back-to-back titles in the last two weeks, adding 750 points to his tally and booking a place in the year-end top-20.

Djokovic is tenth in the ATP Race, but he has done enough to secure a Turin ticket as a Major champion. Novak will chase Roger Federer’s record of six ATP Finals titles in November, seeking the first year-end trophy since 2015.

Djokovic became the fourth player with 15 ATP Finals berths, joining Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Jimmy Connors on the exclusive list. Novak lost all three matches at his ATP Finals debut in 2007 before conquering the title a year later.

Djokovic became a dominant figure in 2012, rattling off four consecutive titles and looking good to follow Roger Federer’s record of six. Instead, Novak lost ground at the premium ATP event in the last couple of years, experiencing two losses to Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem.

The Serb is 33-6 in 2022, missing the Australian Open and the US Open and saving the season after winning the seventh Wimbledon crown. Novak missed the Australian Open after a terrible ten-day saga over his visa. Djokovic suffered early losses in Dubai and Monte Carlo in the following months before losing the final at home in Belgrade to Andrey Rublev.

Novak Djokovic will compete at the ATP Finals for the 15th time.

Building his form, Djokovic lost an epic Madrid Masters semi-final to Carlos Alcaraz and raised his level in Rome a week later for the 38th Masters 1000 title.

Novak was the defending champion at Roland Garros, reaching the quarter-final without losing a set and setting the clash against Rafael Nadal. Rafa prevailed 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 in four hours and 12 minutes to dethrone the Serb.

Novak threw everything at Wimbledon and secured his seventh All England Club title and the 21st Major crown. Djokovic trailed two sets to love against Jannik Sinner in the quarter-final before performing a memorable comeback to remain on the title course.

The Serb took down Nick Kyrgios in four sets in the final to defend the crown. Novak could not play in Montreal, Cincinnati and New York due to his vaccination status. He returned at the Laver Cup and defeated Frances Tiafoe before losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Djokovic embraced a two-week swing in Israel and Kazakhstan, lifting trophies and celebrating the 90th ATP title in Astana. Novak should be the favorite in Paris and Turin, eager to take everything from the season that saw him skipping two Majors and missing 2000 points at the one he won.

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