After three direct matches, the 22-year-old from South Tyrol dispels the taboo and beats the Serbian, world number 1 in tennis, for the first time
Jannik Sinner dispels the Novak Djokovic taboo and beats the Serbian, number 1 in world tennis, for the first time. The Italian, number 4 in the ranking, defeats the Serbian phenomenon 7-5, 6-7, 7-6 after 3h09′ of battle at the 2023 ATP Finals and erases the zero from the win list in direct matches with the 36-year-old champion from Belgrade. Sinner, 22, crashed through the wall on his fourth attempt.
Jannik against Nole, the precedents
In the 2021in the first face-to-face match on the red clay of Monte Carlo, the South Tyrolean was given a lesson in 2 sets.
In the 2022, in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Jannik came close to achieving the feat. Ahead 2-0, he was unable to complete the job: Djokovic recovered and won in the fifth set.
This year, still on the grass of the Championships, another clash. This time in the semifinals. Djokovic won in 3 sets, making the difference in crucial moments in a more balanced match than the score said.
The rest is recent history, very recent. In Turin, Sinner overthrows the king. For the first time and, perhaps, not the last.