- Novak Djokovic defeats Taylor Fritz with some difficulty 7:6 (7:5), 7:6 (8:6) in the semifinals of the ATP Finals in Turin.
- The Serb is in the final of the year-end tournament for the eighth time.
- In the final, Djokovic will face Casper Ruud.
Suddenly his previously displayed dominance was gone: Novak Djokovic made a sometimes tired and other times unmotivated impression on Saturday afternoon.
It was still enough for a straight-set win over American Taylor Fritz, who had sneaked onto the field after Carlos Alcaraz had called off, thanks to a few flashes of inspiration from Djokovic and thanks to some inexplicable blunders from the 25-year-old Californian. .
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Fritz gives away possible set compensation
Then Fritz was able to serve to win the set in the second round. When the score was 30:30, he sent a simple ball into the net – apparently irritated by an interjection, Djokovic seized his opportunity for a new break – and soon after, after almost two hours, he too won the second tiebreaker of this . play.
Fritz was the first Turin player to break Djokovic twice. Their 4:4 draw in the first set, having previously dropped serve to nil, was particularly impressive. Overall, however, the American game lacked a real winning shot.
Instead, Djokovic looked more for the decision in the exchanges. For example, in the tiebreaker of the first set, which he won with a precise ball on the line. In both short decisions, the more routine of the Serb appeared to be the deciding factor.
6. Title at your fingertips
This gives Djokovic the chance to win the ATP Finals for the first time since 2015 on Sunday. With his sixth success at the end of the year, he tied with record holder Roger Federer.