In two rounds, Novak Djokovic got the better of Casper Ruud in the final of the ATP Masters held in Turin. Crowned for the sixth time in the “Tournament of Masters”, the Serb equals the record held by Roger Federer.
Novak Djokovic is once again the Master! Seven years after winning his fifth ATP Masters title against Roger Federer, the Serb went to equal the record held by the Swiss on the occasion of a final that he will have mastered against Casper Ruud. On the court set up in the Pala Alpitour in Turin, which is hosting the event for the second time, the world number 8 quickly took the lead in the exchange, offering himself two break points from the first service game. from Norwegian. But the latter did not want to let it go and knew how to dismiss them and then keep his commitment.
From then on, the two players neutralized each other but Novak Djokovic returned to the charge in the eighth game but the Serb once again failed in his ambition to take the service of Casper Ruud. The Norwegian’s resistance was good but it turned out to be in vain. Indeed, when serving to take the winner of the last Wimbledon to the decisive game, the world number 4 gave in. At the first opportunity, Novak Djokovic was able to conclude the first set on the serve of Casper Ruud and take a clear advantage in this final.
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Back to the wall, the Norwegian stood up to the Serb at the start of the second set but, this time, the latter wasted no time before taking the lead on the scoreboard. From the fourth game and on his first break point, Novak Djokovic grabbed Casper Ruud’s serve, confirming his break to lead four games to one. Never worried about his serve and benefiting from a foolproof first ball, the world number 8 played his game and offered himself a first opportunity to seal the fate of this final at the end of an interminable rally concluded at the end of 36 racket shots.
As a symbol, it was on his ninth ace that Novak Djokovic concluded this final (7-5, 6-3 in 1h34 ‘). Undefeated throughout this Piedmontese week, the Serb leaves with 1500 points in his bag and ends the year in fifth place in the world. Casper Ruud, meanwhile, saw a third major final escape him after those of Roland-Garros against Rafael Nadal and then the US Open against Carlos Alcaraz. Only consolation, the 800 points amassed throughout the tournament allow him to overtake Stefanos Tsitsipas and finish the season on the podium behind the two Spaniards.