Novak Djokovic beat Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 6-2 in a ATP Finals semifinal match between the top two ranked players on Saturday night after Sinner had earlier dispatched Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-1. At the start of the first set, Djokovic saved two break points in the first game. The Serb had the first break point at 4:3, used the second to take the Spaniard's serve, and then won the game without losing a point for a 1:0 lead in the sets.
In the second set, the Serb broke for a 2:1 lead, and then at 3:1 he missed a break point for 4:1. With the lead of the best tennis player on the planet 3:2, Alcaraz did not use two break points, thus missing the last chance to return to the match. Djokovic then made another break and reached the final, where he will try to defend the ATP Finals title he won last year.
Alcaraz and Djokovic had played each other four times previously and won two each. Djokovic won their most recent encounter in the final in Cincinnati in August, while Alcaraz beat the Serb in five sets in the Wimbledon final.
The final match of the ATP Finals 2023 is scheduled for Sunday after the doubles final, in which Marcel Granollers (Spain) and Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) will play against Rajeev Ram (USA) and Joe Salisbury (Great Britain) from 15:00.
The 36-year-old Djokovic is currently tied with Roger Federer on six ATP Finals titles at the season-ending tournament for the year’s top eight players, while Sinner is the first Italian to reach the final. However, Sinner recorded his first-ever victory over Djokovic earlier this week and the Serbian will also have to contend again with a passionate, partisan crowd.