Novak Djokovic (ATP 8) was the first to qualify for the final of the Masters in Turin, Italy ($ 14.75 million) on Saturday. The Serbian defeated American Taylor Fritz (ATP 9) in two sets in the semi-final. It is already the eighth final in the ATP Finals in his career. If Djokovic can conquer a sixth overall victory, he will become a joint record holder with the Swiss Roger Federer.
After an hour and 56 minutes the 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (8/6) final score was on the board. It was the sixth meeting between the two. Djokovic also won the previous five.
On Sunday, the 21-time grand slam champion will play for the title against the Norwegian Casper Ruud (ATP 4) or the Russian Andrey Rublev (ATP 7). They meet at 9 p.m.
The 35-year-old Djokovic has already won the ATP Finals five times: in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. With a sixth final victory, he becomes a joint record holder alongside the Swiss Roger Federer.
“Nole” has not lost a single match in Turin this week. In the red group he successively defeated the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 3), Andrey Rublev and his compatriot Daniil Medvedev (ATP 5).
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Taylor Fritz had qualified for the semi-finals by finishing second in the green group. The 25-year-old American, a debutant at the Masters, beat Spaniard Rafael Nadal (ATP 2), lost to Casper Ruud and then forced qualification by winning against Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime (ATP 6).