Year-end: Djokovic reaches for the title and record bonus at the ATP finals


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Djokovic reaches for title and record bonus at ATP finals

With a win at the ATP Finals, Novak Djokovic would draw level with the previous record holder Roger Federer.  Photo: Antonio

With a win at the ATP Finals, Novak Djokovic would draw level with the previous record holder Roger Federer. photo

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A year after his semifinals against Alexander Zverev, the Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic is reaching for the sixth title and a record bonus at the ATP Finals. In the semifinals, the 35-year-old prevailed in Turin despite problems 7: 6 (7: 5), 7: 6 (8: 6) against the American Taylor Fritz and reached the final of the ATP Finals for the eighth time.

A year after his semi-final against Alexander Zverev, the Serbian tennis top star takes action Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals after the sixth title and a record bonus. In the semifinals, the 35-year-old prevailed in Turin despite problems 7: 6 (7: 5), 7: 6 (8: 6) against the American Taylor Fritz and reached the final of the ATP Finals for the eighth time.

There he meets Casper Ruud as a favorite on Sunday (2nd match after 4 p.m. / Sky). The Norwegian world number four dominated the second semi-final against the Russian tennis pro Andrei Rublev and ended the duel with a 6:2, 6:4 win. Ruud is in the final of the for the first time ATP Finals.

Tournament victory brings record bonus

With his sixth triumph at the end of the season, Djokovic can draw level with the record holder Roger Federer from Switzerland, who has since retired. Since he was also undefeated in the preliminary round of this year’s tournament, if he were successful he would receive the ATP Tour record bounty of $4.74 million. In the semi-finals, the Serb didn’t seem untouchable, but in the end he won the decisive points.

Although the 21-time Grand Slam tournament winner initially took a 3-2 lead with a break, he didn’t play his best tennis and only won the first set in the tie-break. In the second round, the tournament favorite fell behind and only managed to break at 5:5 when Fritz served to equalize the set. Fritz slipped into the field as a replacement for the injured Spanish world number one Carlos Alcaraz. had last year Zverev celebrated the tournament victory at the ATP Finals, this time the Hamburger is missing due to his long injury break.

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