© Reuters. Tennis – ATP Finals Turin – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 20, 2022 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after successful the boys’s singles last towards Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
TURIN, Italy (Reuters) -Novak Djokovic beat Norway’s Casper Ruud 7-5 6-3 to gather a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title on Sunday, incomes the most important paycheck ever in tennis – $4,740,300 – for finishing the season-ending event unbeaten.
Djokovic sealed victory in type with an ace, certainly one of 9 within the match, to gather the title for the primary time since 2015 in entrance of a rapturous crowd that was squarely in his nook.
“Bought to remain centered the complete match, each single level, the momentum can change to the opposite aspect actually shortly,” the Serbian stated in a televised interview after the match.
“The truth that I waited seven years makes this victory even sweeter,” he added as he matched Roger Federer’s six titles within the season-ending occasion amongst the world’s high eight gamers.
The 23-year-old Ruud has loved one of the best tennis of his profession in 2022 and battled toe-to-toe with the 21-times main winner early on however produced two clumsy errors on the worst second at hand Djokovic the break on the finish of the primary set.
Djokovic put his foot on the accelerator from there, reminding the group on the Pala Alpitour why is among the many highest ever to select up a rackuet as he harnessed his mighty forehand to interrupt Ruud within the fourth recreation of the second set.
The Norwegian threw all the things he had on the veteran in a 36-shot penultimate rally however the Wimbledon champion was just too sharp, outlasting his opponent within the marathon change and holding his arms out extensive after clinching the title.