Novak Djokovic won a record seventh ATP Finals title with a dominant victory over Jannik Sinner that marked another milestone in his memorable season.
The Serb, 36, who lost to the Italian in the group stage, avenged that with a 6-3 6-3 win in Turin, Italy.
He has set records in rankings and titles this year and played some of his best tennis against the youngsters – like Sinner – trying to challenge him.
The world number one had been tied with Roger Federer for six ATP Finals wins.
But it was clear from the outset in Sunday’s final that he was hungry to take the outright record, establishing control with an early break and dropping just two points on his serve in an almost flawless display to take the opening set.
A break to love in the opening game of the second set put Djokovic further ahead and made Sinner’s dream of becoming the event’s first Italian champion in front of a noisy home crowd seem impossible.
Sinner’s first break-point chances came in the sixth game of the second set when he went 15-40 on the usually impenetrable Djokovic serve, but the 24-time Grand Slam champion swiftly snuffed out the threat by forcing his opponent into errors from the back of the court.
Djokovic had the chance to go a double break-up in the following game but, in a rare moment of fallibility, instead missed a straightforward volley before Sinner held with an ace.
But he got his chance in the Italian’s next service game, with Sinner tamely handing over victory with a double fault on Djokovic’s first match point.