Novak Djokovic claimed a record-equaling sixth ATP Finals title by beating the third-seeded Casper Ruud on Sunday to prime a unbelievable end to the season for the Serb.
Djokovic gained 7-5, 6-3 to safe his first title on the occasion since 2015 and match Roger Federer’s document.
The 35-year-old Djokovic, who had misplaced his two earlier finals on the occasion, raised his arms out and smiled broadly after sealing the match with an ace.
“Seven years has been a very long time,” Djokovic stated. “On the similar time, the truth that I waited seven years makes this victory even sweeter and even larger.
“A whole lot of nerves … I missed a few forehands within the final sport after I was serving for it. I had nerves, however I’m actually grateful to have the ability to serve the match out. I had a giant ace to shut out.
Djokovic turned the oldest champion on the prestigious year-end match and in addition earned the biggest payday in tennis historical past as he walked away with $4.7 million for claiming the ATP Finals trophy undefeated.
“I made him run, made him play,” Djokovic stated. “I used to be trying to be very aggressive and it labored nice. I’m actually happy with the efficiency.”
It was Ruud’s fourth defeat in a serious championship match this yr after additionally dropping finals at Miami, Roland Garros and the U.S. Open. Ruud has by no means gained a set towards Djokovic in 4 conferences.
“It has been a yr of many highs, some actually huge highs. After all, some lows,” Ruud stated. “I sit up for the subsequent season already.”
Djokovic began strongly in Turin and had two break factors in Ruud’s very first service sport. The Norwegian managed to get better though he was additionally compelled to save lots of one other break level within the eighth sport.
Djokovic lastly broke Ruud’s serve on the fourth time of asking. And it was at an important second, on set level, and he ecstatically pumped his fist within the air after Ruud despatched a backhand lengthy.
The seventh-seeded Djokovic broke once more within the fourth sport of the second set and there was no manner again for Ruud.
Djokovic has ended the yr with an 18-1 document after successful trophies in Tel Aviv and Astana earlier than reaching the Paris Masters ultimate. His 5 titles this season additionally embody triumphs at Wimbledon and in Rome.