Tennis By beating Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-3 in the final, the 35-year-old Serb won the Masters in Turin
Novak Djokovic won his sixth Masters, in Turin on November 20, 2022. — Antonio Calanni/AP/SIPA
By winning his second major title of the year after Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic perfectly ends a season truncated by his refusal of the vaccine against Covid-19. 19. The 35-year-old Serb has indeed won; for the sixth time the Masters by beating Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-3, Sunday at; Torino.
It took him seven years, since his last victory at the Masters in 2015, to equal Federer's record of titles in this tournament gathering the eight best players of the season. Classified 8th to the ATP, the former N.1 will rise to 5th place on Monday. Djokovic is also the oldest player. to win the Masters.
Ruud's very good season
For his part, Ruud lost his third grand final of the year, after Roland-Garros and the US Open. But at 23, 2022 will go down as the best season of his career so far. since he reached the 2nd rank in the ATP after Flushing Meadows and will be 3rd on Monday.
Djokovic got off to a good start the match by getting two break points on his opponent's first serve. But the Norwegian held on and 2-1, the Serb ostensibly started wince, raising fears of a new passage to; physical void, as he had experienced in his two previous matches against Medvedev and Fritz.
An ace to close the match
Impeccable on his serve (not a single break point conceded in the match), Djokovic found himself little by little small his physique, his game and his clear and voluntary gaze: he got a new break point at; 4-3, but couldn’t make it. materialize it. As often, however, he managed to raise your level of play on important points and when it is created; a first set ball on Ruud’s serve, it was the Norwegian who cracked; to the exchange and left the Djoker wins the first round.
Djokovic then took control of the match: he managed the first break of the game to lead 3-1 in the second set, playing increasingly superior tennis. that of Ruud. Quietly, the Serb arrived. to serve for the match at 5-3 and concluded with an ace.