Nitto ATP Finals: For a record-tying sixth time in his career, Novak Djokovic defeated Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-3 to win the Nitto ATP Finals, which ends the season.
Djokovic’s victory makes him the oldest champion at the season’s end and ties Roger Federer for the tournament’s most victories.
With his victory over Ruud, the 35-year-old was able to continue his winning streak. He receives a record-breaking $4.7 million payment in addition to 1,500 ATP Rankings points.
Djokovic wins his first championship in the season-ending event since 2015.
Seven years has been a very long period, according to Djokovic. “However, the fact that I had to wait seven years only makes his achievement more precious and significant.
It’s a major event (to end the year with a win). I’ve probably discussed this season and how strange it is a thousand times, so I won’t go over what the majority of tennis fans already know. Just a huge sense of relief and satisfaction.
Also, I’m looking forward to taking a few weeks off,” added Djokovic. “Whether it was for tournaments or when I was awaiting clearance to travel somewhere, I was on edge. I’m therefore quite happy that I was able to end it on a positive note.
The first service game of the first set, in which Ruud held after fending off two break points, set the tone for the rest of the match, which frequently saw the Norwegian put on the defensive.
Throughout the match, there were several extended rallies, including one that required 36 strokes to finish, giving Djokovic the opportunity to win the match with an ace.
Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury defeated Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in the doubles match 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 to avenge their loss from the previous year.
Ram is the 18th American to take home the Nitto ATP Finals doubles championship, while Salisbury is the first British player to achieve so.
According to Salisbury, “that’s definitely right up there with one of our best games, one of our best games as a team.”