With the semifinal got at the ATP Master 1000 in Cincinnati, Novak Djokovic has officially obtained the pass for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin. The Serbian champion has thus joined Carlos Alcaraz in the (for the moment still restricted) list of tennis players who are already sure of being in the match in the prestigious competition scheduled at the PalaAlpitour from 12 to 19 November.
It was now a matter of a formality for the 36-year-old native of Belgrade, who with the two Grand Slams he won at the beginning of the season (Australian Open and Roland Garros) had collected the necessary points to remain among the top 20 in the world and be certain of flying to Italy between few months.
It will be the 16th participation for the former world number one, who equaled Jimmy Connors in third place in the special ranking: only in 2017 since 2007 has the player failed to be among the best eight tennis players.
The records to break for Djokovic
A goal is undoubtedly in Nole's mind. In this 2023 edition Djokovic will try to improve the record of 6 affirmations in the Finals collected by Roger Federer, equaled by him just last season.
The goal is also to improve his personal score during the event, currently 46-17: right now only King Roger has more victories (59) and already the same number of defeats (17). The 36-year-old has reached at least the semifinals in 11 of his previous 15 appearances.
Before the Nitto ATP Finals, Novak Djokovic will think about ending the adventure well in Cincinnati and then will focus exclusively on the US Open appointment, which he hasn't won since 2018. Other tournaments, such as the Davis Cup, will then separate the start of the eagerly awaited event at the PalaAlpitour.
Two qualifiers so far, Alcaraz and Djokovic, but the next one could be added very soon: it's the Russian Daniil Medvedev, also the author of an excellent year with over 5,000 points collected.
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