OKBET allsports : After a brilliant season, Novak Djokovic capped it off on Sunday by winning the ATP Finals for a record-tying sixth time by defeating third-seeded Casper Ruud.
Djokovic won in straight sets, 7-5 and 6-3, to tie Roger Federer for the most wins at this tournament.
Djokovic, who at 35 had previously lost two finals at the tournament, triumphantly lifted his arms and beamed after serving an ace to win.
Seven years is a long time, Djokovic said. “But the fact that I waited seven years makes my triumph that more sweeter and larger.
“Worryingly anxious… In the final game, I had a few forehand misses on match point. I was nervous, but it felt great to close out the match on my serve. To seal the deal, I drew on a major ace.”
By going unbeaten throughout the ATP Finals, Djokovic not only became the oldest victor of the renowned end-of-year event, but also collected the greatest prize money in tennis history of $4.7 million.
Djokovic said, “I made him run, made him play.” “I intended to be quite forceful, and it worked well. Very well done, in my opinion.”
This is the fourth major final that Ruud has lost this year following the Miami, French, and American Opens. In four matches against Djokovic, Ruud has never won a set.
Losing these major championships has been frustrating, Ruud added. “In general, if on January 1 of this year you offered me the chance to finish the year ranked third and compete in the finals I’ve already competed in, I’d probably accept the deal. There’s no denying that.
“It inspires me and makes me want to try again next time — if I ever get to another final like this — and perhaps improve upon what I did and did not do this year.”
Djokovic got off to a great start in Turin, threatening to break Ruud twice in the opening game of the Dutchman’s serve. Even though the Norwegian had to save another break point in the eighth game, he was able to come back and win.
For the fourth time, Djokovic was successful in breaking Ruud’s serve. Even more importantly, it was at a defining moment, on set point, when he lifted his fist in the air with glee when Ruud hit a backhand long.
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In the fourth game of the second set, the seventh-seeded Djokovic broke again, and Ruud could not recover.
By the end of the year, Djokovic had an 18-1 record thanks to his victories in Tel Aviv and Astana and his appearance in the final of the Paris Masters. Along with his wins at Wimbledon and Rome, he now has five trophies this year.
And Djokovic’s former number two player and coach, Goran Ivanisevic, has some harsh words for his opponents.
He’s working out more than he did when he was 22 years old, Ivanisevic remarked. This is why he is so talented even now and why he will continue to improve.
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