Update Post: December 4, 2023 10:53 pm
The final fight in Turin. Crazy fans almost ruined Djokovic’s victory in the final
Mikhail Georgiev November 20, 2023, 13:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
The fight broke out as Novak approached a break in the first set. This did not stop the Serbian from taking the service of Jannik Sinner.
Serbian Novak Djokovic defeated Italian Jannik Sinner (6-3, 6-3) in the final of the ATP Finals tournament. Djokovic was the first to defend his title in the Final since 2015. Then he did it. Novak became a seven-time finals champion (2008, 2012-2015, 2022, 2023). He surpassed the Swiss Roger Federer and became the sole leader in this indicator.
Djokovic, 36, is the oldest final winner in history. He broke his own record, set last year. Furthermore, he is the only person to have won this tournament in three decades.
Novak won his seventh tournament in 2023. He surpassed Carlos Alcaraz and became the sole leader in this indicator. In total, this is the 98th title of Djokovic’s career. Novak is one step closer to Federer (103 titles) and Jimmy Connors (109), whom he wants to surpass by the end of his career. Djokovic began his 400th week as world number one. This is also an all-time record.
Djokovic surpassed Federer in titles in the Finals! The sinner was not helped by the walls native to him.
Another notable victory for Novak, which turned out to be surprisingly easy. Still, Sinner was expected to put up more serious resistance to Djokovic. Yannick dropped serve at the start of each set, effectively ending the intrigue on the court. The Italian himself only had two break points during the match; none of them took advantage of them in the sixth game of the second set.
Sinner’s lackluster performance clearly disappointed the Turin fans. This was not the type of game they expected to see performed by his favorite. Some of them broke out and behaved inappropriately.
During the fourth game of the first set, a fight broke out in the stands between Sinner and Djokovic’s fans, of whom there were also quite a few in Turin. This happened when the score was 40:40, immediately after Novak’s break appeared on the horizon, who came back from 15:40. The fight was quite serious, noted tennis commentator José Morgano on the social network X (formerly Twitter). The match was briefly stopped due to a fight. although the cameramen did not show it in frame. Novak could only be seen looking at the stands in surprise during the forced pause.
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Fortunately, the hooligans were quickly separated and the game continued without problems. Djokovic didn’t miss a beat and broke immediately before calmly controlling the match. Be that as it may, the behavior of the fans is difficult to justify. Tennis fans were outraged by the comments on Morgado’s post.
“How did they get it?”
“It’s just great, the battles are now moving from social media to the stands.”
“I’m sorry, but because of these fans, did you really decide to interrupt the match?”
“A big fight in the stands is bad. Although she is perhaps the only entertaining part of this finale.”
“A complete disaster! “I wonder what these people are thinking.”
“How can you even start a fight in a tennis match?”
This does not mean that the Turin public becomes seriously ill. But there are some crazy people who darken the impression of Italian fans. One of them managed to piss off Daniil Medveved in the semi-finals with Sinner.
“Come out, let’s find out.” Medvedev barely tolerated the provocation of the crazy tifosi in Turin
After the match, Daniil paid tribute to the Turin crowd and said he had simply lost his temper. “Nothing bad happened with the audience. I lost my mind a little when I lost my serve. I felt like they appreciated my good shots, the crowd here is good. So I went a little crazy,” Medvedev said.
It’s hard not to agree with Daniil: there was a great atmosphere in Turin. But still, some not entirely suitable people came to the stands. Total’s security team should do a better job of identifying them and preventing disturbances in the future. The final of the ATP Championship will be held in Turin at least until 2027, so the negative experience gained this year will have to be used in the future.