Tennis: Successful like Federer: Djokovic wins ATP Finals


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Successful like Federer: Djokovic wins ATP Finals

Novak Djokovic won the final against Casper Ruud 2-0 in sets.  Photo: Antonio Calanni/AP/dpa

Novak Djokovic won the final against Casper Ruud 2-0 in sets. photo

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Novak Djokovic is unstoppable at the end of the tennis season. The Serbian tennis pro wins the ATP Finals for the sixth time and sends a clear signal. He wants to continue collecting titles.

With his first success at the ATP Finals since 2015, Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic named successor to Olympic champion Alexander Zverev.

The 35-year-old Serbian tennis star was also unstoppable in the final in Turin in a 7: 5, 6: 3 against the Norwegian French Open and US Open finalist Casper Ruud. As champion who was also undefeated in the preliminary round, Djokovic secured a record premium of 4.7 million US dollars, on which Zverev didn’t stand a chance this year. The Hamburger has been pausing for months as a result of his foot ligament injury and has just had to accept another small setback with a positive corona test.

Djokovic seemed against himself at the beginning Ruud physically uncomfortable. However, the Serbian tournament favorite quickly recovered, improved more and more – and, to the delight of his children Stefan and Tara, deservedly prevailed as fans in the box. The 21-time Grand Slam tournament winner held his service games more confidently than Ruud from the start and avoided the tie-break with the first break of the match to make it 7: 5 in the first set.

In the semifinals against the American Taylor Fritz on Saturday, Djokovic had won the tie-break twice more and had more problems than Ruud against the Russian Andrei Rublev. After the four Grand Slam tournaments, the ATP Finals as the most important event in tennis. Djokovic is now considered the unofficial world champion and, with his sixth success at the traditional end-of-year tournament, drew level with the Swiss Roger Federer, who has since retired.

In the beginning he didn’t need his highest level for this, but he got better and better and superior. In the second set, Djokovic pulled away early with the break to make it 3-1 and gave Ruud no more chances. His message to the competition is clear: Djokovic wants to keep winning and will now be a top favorite again at the Australian Open at the beginning of the new season. Unlike this year, when he was due to his absence Coronavirus Vaccination had to leave Australia again after a legal dispute, Djokovic is allowed to participate in 2023.

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