Novak Djokovic claimed his 91st ATP title at the ATP Finals in Turin! The Serb wrapped up a perfect week with a 7-5, 6-3 triumph over Casper Ruud in an hour and 33 minutes for his sixth ATP Finals trophy. Thus, he matched Roger Federer's record and won the most significant prize money in tennis history after winning all five encounters.
Novak recovered following that tough Paris Masters loss to Holger Rune, delivering a rock-solid performance when it mattered the most in Turin and earning his first ATP Finals crown since 2015! The Serb added 1500 points to his tally and finished the season in the top-5 despite missing 2000 points from Wimbledon and missing two Majors and four Masters 1000 events.
It was the fourth notable final of the season for both players, and unlike Djokovic, Ruud failed to win any, losing the previous three to Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal.
Novak Djokovic is a six-time ATP Finals champion.
Still, the Norwegian will finish the season in the top-3 for the first time, setting eyes on his first big title in 2023.
Novak dropped only 12 points behind the initial shot and kept the pressure on the other side. He converted two out of five break chances, enough to control the scoreboard and cross the finish line. Djokovic had the advantage in the shortest rallies up to four strokes and the more extended ones, playing rock-solid tennis from both wings and crushing the rival's pace.
Djokovic did not look at his 100% in the opening set. Still, he dropped five points behind the initial shot and kept the pressure on the other side. Ruud survived games two and eight and served to introduce a tie break at 5-6.
Nonetheless, the Serb grabbed a break in the 12th game to wrap up the opener and gain a massive boost. Novak held at 15 at the start of the second set and landed a volley winner for a hold at love in game three. Losing ground behind the initial shot, Ruud played a loose point at the net and faced two break points in game four.
Novak forced Casper's mistake on the first and grabbed a break that pushed him 3-1 in front. Serving well from the very beginning, Djokovic produced another fine hold in game six and built a 4-1 advantage. Ruud reduced the gap in game six and hoped for at least some chances on the return.
Instead, the Serb produced a hold at 30 that pushed him 5-2 up and closer to the finish line. Ruud clinched the eighth game with a service winner, and Djokovic served for the title at 5-3. Novak moved 30-15 up with a smash winner and earned the first match point after the longest point of the match. Novak seized it with an ace for his sixth ATP Finals title.