Casper Ruud shares classy message to Novak Djokovic after defeat in Turin final
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Casper Ruud congratulated Novak Djokovic for overcoming all the adversity and finishing off his season on a very high note. Djokovic, 35, had the most challenging season of his career this year. But the final part of the season was outstanding for Djokovic, who made four finals during the indoor swing and also captured three titles.
In the final at the ATP Finals, Djokovic saw off Ruud 7-5 6-3 to win his fifth title of the year. "First of all, congratulations to Novak. I can't imagine how difficult this year has been for you at times. Hats off to you for what you have overcome and what you have achieved this year.
It's been nothing but remarkable. Really, really impressive. Congratulations again for showing everyone you're still up there, still finishing off this year in a great way," Ruud told Djokovic.
Ruud happy with his year
Ruud didn't win a big title in 2022 or reach the world No 1 position, but he was extremely close.
This year, Ruud finished as runner-up at the French Open and US Open, as well as the Miami Masters and ATP Finals. Also, Ruud achieved a career-high ranking of No 2 in the world after the US Open. Even though Ruud lost four big finals this year and just narrowly missed out on becoming the world No 1, he felt it was still a very positive season for him.
"I'm very happy with all that I've achieved, and how things turned out, played out for me this year. It's been great. But I still feel like there is room for improvement, so that's a good thing I believe to still be happy and know that there is still room for improvement, which is a good thing. I've overachieved compared to my own mind, so I'm very happy about that," Ruud reflected.