Again master and undefeated. Without losing a game. Novak Djokovic He put the finishing touch to the most atypical season that he has ever experienced. The former world number 1 won the Nitto ATP Finals by defeating Casper Ruud by 7-5 and 6-3. A triumph with which he equals the record until yesterday of the recently retired Roger Federer.
In Shanghai, London and Turin last night, Djokovic is the only tennis player to have won the Masters in three different cities and in three different decades.. The first in 2008, a streak of four between 2012 and 2015 and last night in 2022, being the oldest to achieve it at 35 years of age.
Djokovic achieved the fifth title of the season at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, the 91st of his career, in addition to 1,500 ranking points and 4.7 million dollars for his account, in a year where he has only been able to play 11 tournaments. Better impossible.
Two ‘breaks’ to decide
Djokovic jumped onto the track aware that he had to overcome that wall that Ruud mounts from the bottom of the track in their matches. He had to keep his service and look for the ‘break’. But also dose some forces that he did not have left over.
He had two chances in the second game and another in the fourth to snatch Ruud’s serve, but the Norwegian tennis player saved the situation. It seemed that the set would be decided in another ‘tie break’ but Ruud was left at the gates at the last moment. He lost his serve at 6-5 for a Djokovic who did not miss it.
In the second set, the script written by Djokovic who made the ‘break’ again (3-1) to put the direct towards his victory, which was finally signed up in 1 hour and 34 minutes, was maintained. A triumph to celebrate with euphoria hugging his son Stefan who jumped on the track, the first, and with the whole family. Ruud remains again at the gates of a great title after losing the finals of Roland Garros (against Nadal) and the US Open (against Alcaraz).
Challenge for 2023
A success with an eye on Australia where he could not play last year, because he was not vaccinated against covid-19, and with his sights set on his 22nd Grand Slam (he has won nine times in Melbourne) and that number 1 that looks Carlos Alcaraz (1,900 points separate him) that he hopes to recover in 2023.
A year in which the Serbian tennis player will play without the restrictions that prevented him from participating in the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Toronto, Cincinnati and the United States Open, where 8,000 points were at stake, in addition to running out of 2,000 as Wimbledon champion, after the ATP decided not to give points for the boycott of Russian and Belarusian tennis players before the invasion of Ukraine. Djokovic announced in Turin that he is ready and “relieved” to compete at the highest level.