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ATP Finals 2022: Novak Djokovic with a record sixth title in Turin

ATP Finals 2022: Novak Djokovic with a record sixth title in Turin

Serbian great Novak Djokovic made his way to six ATP finals title in Turin on Sunday (November 20).

Djokovic defeated the persistent Kacper Ruud 7-5, 6-3 to equal the tournament record held by Roger Federer and become its oldest master at the age of 35.

It was his first success in this event since 2015, having won for the first time in 2008.

He told the ATP afterward: “It’s been a long time and the fact that I’ve waited seven years makes this victory even sweeter and even bigger. It is a great relief and a lot of satisfaction.

“Usually these types of matches are decided by small margins, and one break of serve was enough in both sets.”

Djokovic set up two break points in Ruud’s first service game, but unforced errors allowed the Norwegian to secure an important relegation.

Ruud saved another break point at 4-4 but couldn’t serve for the tie-break 21-time Grand Slam winner one step closer to the next title.

And Djokovic’s confidence grew with each second set winner he broke early and gained a 3-1 lead.

He then won a grueling 36-shot exchange to earn a match point before serving his ninth ace of the match to end his tumultuous season in style.

Earlier, Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury finally got a taste of a double victory in the ATP Finals, defeating the Olympic champions Nikola Mectic and Pavic dude 7-6(4), 6-2.

The US-British duo have featured in the season-ending ATP Tour Championships for four years in a row and came very close to winning the title after losing in the 2021 final.

The US Open champions got lucky with a fourth win over the Croatian duo, and they retired without losing a game all week.

Ram and Salisbury reached the final with their tails up after getting revenge on the defending champions Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski the day before in the semi-final.

Pavic and Mektic win historic first tennis gold medal for Croatia at Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 after defeating compatriots Marcin Cilic and Ivan Dodig 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 in the show finale. Mektic were denied a second ATP Finals crown after winning the 2020 title with Koolhof.

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