Novak Djokovic, 35, is the only one who prevails amid a new generation of tennis players in the present edition of the Turin Masters Cup.
The Belgrade tennis player He has 45 games won in the masters’ round, 35 more than the other three semifinalists combined: Fritz (2), Casper Ruud (4) and Andrey Rublev (4).
The Serbian defeated Taylor Fritz this Saturday 7-6(5) and 7-6(6) to sneak into the final for the eighth time, equaling the mark of his former coach Boris Becker. Only Arthur Ashe, in the 1978 edition, slipped into the fight for the title with the oldest.
Most finals at the ATP Finals
Roger Federer 10
Ivan Lendl 9
Boris Becker 8
Novak Djokovic 8
pete sampras 6
Djokovic, in a packed Alpitour, hit first with a break in the fifth game. When he was about to certify that advantage on the scoreboard, he lost his serve.
He began to face his bench while Fritz went from being able to lose 4-2 to being the one to dominate 3-4. The outcome came to sudden death. A right to the line, brand of the house, gave the Serb the opening set.
Fritz could not play better and still he was losing. The American took the ball’s service for the second time in the first game of the second set.
At the moment of truth, when the Yankee served to sign the tables on the scoreboard, his arm shrank.. It was in the tenth round. Especially painful was an unforced error with the reversal at 5-4 and 30-30.. Novak was not going to waste the gift.
The party died in another ‘tie break’ where the best remain standing. It cost the Serbian, who threw the first victory ball overboard with a long backhand. He didn’t miss the second.
Most matches won at the ATP Finals
Roger Federer 59
Novak Djokovic 45
Ivan Lendl 39
Boris Becker 36
pete sampras 35
A sixth Djokovic crown would equal Roger Federer’s record of wins in the tournament and Carlos Alcaraz’s five in 2022 despite having missed six of the most important events due to his refusal to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The richest in history
Nole, who this week has become the first racket professional capable of entering 160 million dollars in prizes, accumulates 2,452,602 euros with his four wins in Turn.
Tomorrow he will opt for the biggest heel ever as an undefeated champion and that amounts to 4,813,064 euros. Wait for the winner of the match between Ruud and Rublev.
Fritz, for his part, take a flight to Malaga tomorrow to join the US Davis Cup team to play next Thursday, November 24, the quarterfinals against Italy.