The Serb did it…
Novak Djokovic already look into the eyes of the Swiss Roger Federer with six Masters Cups, after defeating the Norwegian 7-5 and 6-3 Casper Ruudin the Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy, scene where the ATP Finals 2022.
The sixth title as Master of masters redeems Djokovic of one season marked by controversy and with which he has pocketed the largest financial prize in the history of tennis.
The tournament in Belgrade could not have been better, undefeated. He arrived with his objective clear and He has had no rival in his favorite terrain and in what is usually the best time of the season for him. Pick up the crown from the German Alexander Zverev after having struck down the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipasto the russians Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev, and to the American Taylor Fritz.
His last obstacle, the one that separated him from a glory that he had not known since 2015, was the norwegian sensation, who reached the final in great shape, as a reward for a great season that is left without a finishing touch that, if they had achieved it, would have been more than deserved.
But ‘Nole’ was very much ‘Nole’. Plugged in, fast, accurate and eagerly, the Serbian took a very even first set and in which Ruud gave in, again, to a great one. He was able to take the lead very early, in the second game, but he missed his double break opportunity and kept the equalizer. He returned to have another ‘break’ to get 5-3 up, but the norse withstood the onslaught, clenching his fist as he held the serve, releasing some tension.
But the third time was the charm. Were too many concessions before a titan who this time attacked the ball and won the first set (7-5).
Ruud does not stand out for showing emotions. Neither positive nor negative. Neither on the track nor outside. But you will he felt uncomfortable on his way to his seat, as if he knew that he had almost impossible to overcome his rival, looking at his bench in search of a solution that never came and Thinking, perhaps, of the other three finals that he had lost throughout the year.
The worst omens of Oslo did not take long to be confirmed. Djokovic broke his second serve of the set and confirmed the ‘break’ by winning his own. Four to one up in the blink of an eye, he had the game on track. The stands turned to Ruud, as they did to all of Djokovic’s rivalstrying to be able to enjoy a little more of a final with a great tennis level, but that seemed too short considering the rhythm of the veteran tennis player.
The Serb asked for the support of the stands before the last point. He knew he was the winner and wanted to enjoy the moment.
A hour and thirty two minutes After I got this final of finals going, ‘Nole’ initialed a direct kick -the ninth of his account- that made him champion of champions, the the oldest veteran in history to achieve it, Teacher of Teachers with Federer, automatically placing at the top of this prestigious tournament that Spanish Rafael Nadal continues to resist, the only great one that he does not have in his showcase.
(With information from EFE)