Serbian Novak Djokovic beat Norway’s Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-3, to win the men’s tennis season-ending championship for the sixth time and equal the record on Sunday.
Djokovic will win the largest prize ever in the world of tennis, and he will receive four million and 740,300 dollars to complete the final tournament without losing.
Djokovic sealed victory with an ace, one of nine aces in the meeting, to claim the title for the first time since 2015, in front of a large crowd of enthusiastic Turin fans.
The Serbian player said in a televised interview after the match: “I kept my focus throughout the match and at every point, and the momentum could have moved to the other side very quickly.”
Djokovic added, after equaling Roger Federer’s record in the final tournament: “The fact that I waited seven years to win the title makes the victory sweeter.”
The 24-year-old Norwegian player enjoyed his best tennis performance in 2022; He was up against the 21-time Grand Slam champion.
But Ruud committed two badly timed errors, dropping serve and gifting Djokovic the first set.
Djokovic consolidated his superiority and reminded the fans why he is among the best, breaking Ruud’s serve in the fourth game of the second set.
Ruud did everything he could against the veteran in a 36-stroke rally, but in the end the Wimbledon champion was at his peak, clinching the edge and celebrating by claiming the title again.