World number one, Novak Djokovic rounded out one of the most dominant seasons in the history of tennis by beating rival Roger Federer in straight sets to win the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Sunday.
The Serbian beat his long-time rival 6-3 6-4 in just 81 minutes at the O2 Arena to become the first player in the year-ending tournament’s 46-year history to triumph four times in a row.
Hopes had been high that Swiss maestro Federer could land his seventh title at the prestigious end of season showpiece after defeating Djokovic in the group section play last Tuesday.
But the Dominant Djokovic adopted a more aggressive tactics for the final, after he admitted he had to change something to his game after going down to the Swiss earlier in the competition.
The 28-year old has now won three of the year’s four grand slams, beating the evergreen Federer in the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals to take his career haul to 10, and would have celebrated the rarest of ‘calendar year slams’ had it not been for an inspired Stanislas Wawrinka in the French Open final.
Not only that but he won a record six Masters Series crowns and reached 15 consecutive finals after losing to Ivo Karlovic in the Doha quarter-finals at the start of the year.
He ended the year with an 82-6 win loss record — half of those defeats coming against Federer, who snapped his 23-match winning streak and three-year unbeaten run indoors.
“It could not have been a better finish to what has been a very long season but the best of my life,” he said.
He will now take a break before beginning preparations for a crack at his 11th grand slam title as he defends his Australian Open crown in January.
Federer, who would have gone to world number two above Britain’s Andy Murray with victory, congratulated the World number one on his remarkable achievements in 2015.
He said: “It is never fun on the not winning side, it is better than not playing at all like last year.
“This week was great, there were some crazy points tonight, but like plenty of times this year Novak deserved it.
“Well done on a crazy good year.”
This victory was Djokovic’s fifth win over Federer in eight matches this year and drew him equal at 22 apiece in their career rivalry.
Together, they have won 11 of the last 13 season-ending titles, Federer taking six in all in a record 10 finals, Djokovic’s tally now standing at five in all.