- Novak Djokovic (ATP 8) defeats Casper Ruud (ATP 4) in Turin 7:5, 6:3 and is crowned ATP Finals champion.
- The Serbian has the game under control at all times and strikes icy in decisive moments.
- Thanks to his sixth win at the end of the year, Djokovic equals record holder Roger Federer.
For various reasons, Novak Djokovic may have only started the ATP Finals as the world number 8. However, the number on the paper belies the true balance of power, as was made clear at the year-end tournament in Turin. The 35-year-old also showed dominance in the final against Casper Ruud like in his best days and didn’t really give the Norwegian a chance.
“Big Points” almost exclusively to “Djoker”
The start of the final was balanced. Djokovic showed up in each case, Ruud did the same. So the first break opportunity was pushed back to game eight. Ruud was able to prevent the service breakthrough with a service winner for the moment. By attempting to force a tie-break, Djokovic’s pressure on the 2022 two-time Grand Slam finalist became too great. The Serb forced Ruud into a mistake after a grueling exchange, securing not only the first break, but the first set as well.
The winning opening set allowed Djokovic to play even more freely. The 21-time Major champion hardly made any mistakes and let his opponent run a lot. Ruud rarely found his way out of trouble. And so the Norwegian had to drop serve for the second time in the second round with the score 1:2. Ruud couldn’t get a single break point himself. After 1:32 hours, Djokovic celebrated his first ATP Finals title since 2015.
Level with Federer
Djokovic’s first win in Turin means Roger Federer is no longer the only record winner of the year-end tournament. Like the “Maestro”, who retired in the fall, the “Djoker” is now in the ATP Finals with 6 titles.
In addition to the record prize of US$4.7 million, Djokovic can also look forward to an upgrade in the ATP rankings. As of Monday, the Serbian will appear as the number 5 in the world. And in the next year, Djokovic aims to return to the tennis throne as soon as possible. Given that he was only able to score points at one of the 4 Grand Slam tournaments in the final season, his prospects for 2023 look promising.