Novak Djokovic Stoppers: Jannik Sinner Joins List of Players Who Have Beaten World No. 1 in 2023

Novak Djokovic Stoppers: Jannik Sinner Joins List of Players Who Have Beaten World No. 1 in 2023

Joel Reyes
November 15, 2023 at 3:02 PM
  • Jannik Sinner defeated Novak Djokovic in the ATP Finals on Tuesday
  • The Italian is just the sixth player to beat the world No. 1 this year
  • Sinner snapped Djokovic’s 19-match winning streak in Turin

Jannik Sinner entertained the home fans on Tuesday night, beating Novak Djokovic in a three-set thriller in the 2023 ATP Finals.

It was a remarkable result for the Italian, who snapped the world No. 1’s 19-match winning streak.

Sports Brief looks at the players who have beaten the 24-time Grand Slam champion this year following Sinner’s upset win in Turin.

Novak Djokovic, Jannik Sinner, Carlos Alcaraz, Lorenzo Musetti, Daniil Medvedev, Holger Rune, Dusan Lajovic
Novak Djokovic congratulates Jannik Sinner after their match at the 2023 ATP Finals. Image: TIZIANA FABI.
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Daniil Medvedev (Dubai)

Djokovic started the season like a house on fire, winning the Adelaide Open and the Australian Open last January.

He looked to continue his unbeaten run in Dubai, but his 15-match winning streak was snapped in the semis by Daniil Medvedev.

The Russian defeated Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, to extend his own winning run to 13 matches, per

Medvedev was locked in right from the get-go, needing just one hour and 35 minutes to record the straight-sets win.

Djokovic was all over the place in this contest, committing 38 unforced errors compared to just 12 for Medvedev.

The 2021 US Open champion improved his record against Djokovic to 5-9 with the win.

Lorenzo Musetti (Monte Carlo Masters)

Djokovic disappointed in his first clay-court event of the year as he lost to Lorenzo Musetti in the round of 16 of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The Serb looked to be on his way to an easy victory after building a 6-4, 4-2 lead over Musetti, per

Djokovic failed to hold on to that advantage, though, losing 11 of the next 16 games to crash to his first-ever defeat against the Italian.

Musetti needed two hours and 54 minutes to record the 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 win, his first-ever victory against a reigning world No. 1.

Djokovic struggled with his service game, as he was broken eight times. He also committed 23 unforced errors in the loss.

Dusan Lajovic (Banja Luka)

Djokovic’s struggles on clay continued at the Banja Luka Open, with the Serbian star losing to his compatriot Dusan Lajovic in the quarterfinals.

He didn’t take his chances against Lajovic, squandering 15 of his 16 break-point opportunities and a 6-3 lead in the second-set tiebreak.

Lajovic took full advantage, recording a 6-4, 7-6 (6) victory to claim his first-ever win against a world no. 1-ranked player.

It was a shocking result for Djokovic, who lost to a fellow Serb for the first time since 2012.

Holger Rune (Italian Open)

Djokovic’s poor form on clay continued in Rome, with the defending champion losing to Holger Rune in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open.

The 20-year-old Dane needed two hours and 19 minutes to record a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Djokovic.

It was a shocking result for the six-time Rome Masters champion, who failed to advance past the quarter-finals in three consecutive clay-court events.

Carlos Alcaraz (Wimbledon)

Djokovic was back to his old self when Grand Slam season returned, winning the French Open and reaching the Wimbledon final to embark on a 13-match winning streak.

His bid to match Roger Federer’s record of eight Wimbledon titles was thwarted, however, by Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz, who delivered a spectacular performance in the final.

Alcaraz came from behind to beat Djokovic in a five-set epic at the All-England Club. He needed four hours and 43 minutes to record the 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 victory.

Jannik Sinner (ATP Finals)

Djokovic bounced back from that heartbreaking loss to Alcaraz, winning the Cincinnati Masters, US Open, and Rolex Paris Masters in succession.

All good things must come to an end, though, as Sinner handed Djokovic his sixth loss of the year.

The Italian needed more than three hours to record the 7-5, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2) win in front of a partisan crowd in Turin.

It was a huge victory for Sinner, who picked up his first-ever win against the 24-time Grand Slam champion.

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Djokovic pays tribute to Kobe Bryant

Sports Brief also reported on Djokovic paying tribute to Kobe Bryant after winning his 24th Grand Slam title.

The tennis star wore a 'Mamba Forever' shirt following his win over Medvedev in the 2023 US Open final.

Djokovic and the late NBA great were close friends.

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