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Djokovic Floors Ruud To Win Sixth ATP Finals Crown


Djokovic Floors Ruud To Win Sixth ATP Finals Crown

By Odunayo Odeja

Novak Djokovic says a sixth ATP Tour Finals title on Sunday with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Norway’s Casper Ruud to match Roger Federer’s record.

The 35-year-old Serb, the oldest player to win the Finals, ended in style after a season in which he missed two majors because of his vaccine status but also claimed his seventh Wimbledon title.

The win, which also brings a cheque for $4.7 million, came seven years after his last ATP Finals victory and will lift him from eighth to fifth in Monday’s new rankings.

“I was really pleased with the way I played. I was looking to be very aggressive and it worked great. I am really pleased with the performance.”

Djokovic started strongly with two break points on his opponent’s first serve.

But the Norwegian held, and at 2-1, the Serb began to struggle, raising fears of a repeat of the physical slump he experienced in his two previous matches against Daniil Medvedev and Taylor Fritz.

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Djokovic served superbly, not giving Ruud a single breakpoint in the match. He recovered physically and made the all-important break at 5-6 to take the opening set.

For the 23-year-old Ruud, it was a third near-miss of the year. He also lost the finals of the French and US Opens.

He said, “In the end, it’s disappointing to lose these big finals.

“Overall, if you gave me the offer to end the year at No. 3, play the finals that I’ve played, at the first of January this year, I would probably sign the contract right away.

Ruud has never taken a set from either Djokovic or his French Open final conqueror Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic Floors Ruud To Win Sixth ATP Finals Crown

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