Tennis: Djokovic beats Ruud to win record-equalling sixth ATP finals title

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

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The 35-year-old Serbian, the oldest participant to win the ultimate, capped a season in fashion wherein he missed two majors as a result of his vaccine standing.

It got here seven years after his final victory within the ATP Finals and can raise him from eighth to fifth within the rankings.

For 23-year-old Ruud, it was the third near-failure of the 12 months. He additionally misplaced the finals of the French and US Open. Djokovic began strongly with two break factors on his opponent’s first serve.

However the Norwegian held and at 2-1 the Serb started to battle, elevating fears of a repeat of the bodily droop he skilled in his two earlier matches towards Daniil Medvedev and Taylor Fritz.

Nevertheless, Djokovic served beautifully and didn’t give Ruud a single break level within the match. He recovered bodily and made the decisive break at 5-6 to take the opening set.

The Serbian took the lead of the second set early and broke to open up a 3-1 lead. He served out the match with an ace to say his sixth finals crown.

(AFP)

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