The grand final of the Masters took place this Sunday. Novak Djokovic, 36 years old, faced Casper Ruud, 23 years old. The Serbian once again proved that he has the upper hand on the ATP circuit. Just like his exceptional end of the season, Nole ended this final as the boss, with an ace to put an end to the Norwegian’s hopes with a score of 7-5, 6-3. The man with 21 Grand Slam titles wins his sixth Masters, seven years after his last title. With this new title, he equals Roger Federer in the ATP Finals and becomes the oldest winner of the competition at 35 years old. Djokovic continues to write his legend and concludes in the best way the most outstanding season of his career.
After the match, the great champion gave his impressions of the final in comments reported by the ATP: “This is a final. Usually, this kind of match is decided by very small margins,” said Djokovic. “One break was enough in both sets. I knew Casper was playing very well before this match. We both served very well and I think in some decisive moments, like in the 12th game of the first set, I was able to put some returns back in. I made him run, I made him play. I’m really happy with the way I played. I was trying to be very aggressive and it worked really well. I’m really pleased with the performance.”
“There was a lot of nervousness, especially in that 30/30 point at [5-3 in the second set],” the Serb continued. “You have to stay focused throughout the match. The momentum can go the other way very quickly. I missed some forehands in the last game when I was serving for the title. I was nervous, but I’m really grateful that I was able to serve out the match. I hit a big ace to close it out. Seven years since the last title is a long time. At the same time, the fact that I waited seven years makes this win even more savory and even bigger.”
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