Novak Djokovic is the fifth player to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, joining Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud. The Serbian will pursue a record-tying sixth title at the season finale from 13-20 November at the Pala Alpitour in Turin.
Djokovic claimed his spot in Turin under the Grand Slam champion provision, which awards entry to a current-year major winner who finishes between 8th and 20th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin. After lifting the Astana trophy on Sunday, the 35-year-old moved to 10th in the Race and is now guaranteed to be within the Top 20 on 7 November after the Rolex Paris Masters.
The Serbian qualified for the year-end championships for the 15th time, tied for fourth-most qualifications in event history with Andre Agassi. Only Roger Federer (18), Nadal and Jimmy Connors (16 each) have more. Djokovic will attempt to tie Federer’s record of six Nitto ATP Finals titles in November. Djokovic (2008, ’12-’15), Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras own five trophies each at the season finale.
After losing his first championship match of 2022 on home soil in Belgrade, Djokovic found his footing in Rome, where he claimed a record-extending 38th ATP Masters 1000 title. Despite losing a tight four-setter to Nadal in the Roland Garros quarter-finals, Djokovic bounced back by capturing his seventh Wimbledon trophy and with it, his 21st Grand Slam victory.
Djokovic has also played some of his best tennis during the indoor hard-court swing, capturing his 89th and 90th tour-level crowns in Tel Aviv and Astana, respectively. This is the fifth consecutive year and 12th overall in which Djokovic has captured both a Grand Slam title and ATP Masters 1000 crown. He has lifted four trophies this season, the 14th time he has accomplished the feat.
Djokovic will take a 41-17 Nitto ATP Finals record into the season finale. The Serbian has advanced out of the round-robin stage 10 times, including in eight of his past nine appearances.