Novak Djokovic was in complete command against Carlos Alcaraz Saturday when an opportunity to put the match out of reach in the all-Top 2 clash presented itself.

The 24-time major winner took it, but not before putting on one more impressive display in a grueling exchange with an opponent 16 years his junior. Covering each corner of the baseline, the world No. 1's wizardly eventually wore down his second-ranked rival at the 25-shot mark when Alcaraz's forehand flew long.

The competitor Djokovic conquered in the 2022 Wimbledon final, Nick Kyrgios, couldn’t believe what he just witnessed while calling the match for Tennis Channel.

“Novak’s the best player to ever touch a racquet, to ever walk the earth,” reacted Kyrgios. The Aussie then chuckled in pure delight.

Djokovic could do no wrong Saturday.


“No one’s going to dispute it, Nick,” responded Brett Haber. “Alcaraz is serving 86 percent for this match and he just got broken for the third time. What sorcery is this?”

Djokvovic's 6-3 6-2 win is by far the most straightforward victory of the five meetings he's shared with Alcaraz. Though the Serbian was pressured on his serve early on, the six-time winner never blinked at the line.

One notable stretch came in the second set, when Alcaraz lined up two break points to get back on serve at 2-3 by turning up the heat in a pair of intense rallies. Djokovic once again delivered the goods in true Nole fashion.

Worth reminding that Djokovic has now played 60 matches in 2023. He's won 54 of them.

Worth reminding that Djokovic has now played 60 matches in 2023. He's won 54 of them.


He erased the first by uncorking a deep first serve that proved unreturnable. Then, put on his back foot by Alcaraz, Djokovic read the Spaniard’s forehand approach like a book before blasting a perfect forehand crosscourt pass to end the scintillating 23-shot tussle.

“That’s absurd,” said Kyrgios.

A sublime crosscourt forehand winner at a "genius" level angle followed ahead of another clutch first serve. It was the last look Alcaraz would have at making any further noise in the contest.

Djokovic can now clinch a record-breaking seventh ATP Finals trophy, and, extend the benchmark he set two years ago as the oldest event champion in history by exacting revenge against Alcaraz’s fellow generational talent in Jannik Sinner (who beat Daniil Medvedev in three sets) on Sunday. We would say it’s absurd, but then this is Novak Djokovic we’re talking about. He’s the king of showing the world what’s humanly possible inside the tramlines, where boundaries are nothing more than a piece of fiction on his side of the court.