History-maker Djokovic wins his sixth ATP Finals title


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The Serb beat Norwegian Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-3 in Turin to match Roger Federer’s record of six titles in the year-ending tournament for the top-ranked players.

Novak Djokovic said winning a record-equaling sixth Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour Finals title on Sunday was a “deeply satisfying” ending to his troubled and truncated year.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia aims at the ball during the ATP Tour Finals in Turin, Italy, November 20, 2022. /CFP

Novak Djokovic of Serbia aims at the ball during the ATP Tour Finals in Turin, Italy, November 20, 2022. /CFP

Oldest winner and seven years

The 35-year-old Djokovic is the oldest player to win the title. He said the tournament did not leave him unscathed after a grueling three-set thriller against Russian Daniil Medvedev en route to the semi-finals.

“It was not easy to recover and to really be able to play well in the semis in less than 24 hours after that match,” he told reporters.

“It’s an internal battle with myself because there’s one voice that is always telling you that you can’t do it, you’re too tired, this and that, right? The bad guy and the good guy. You try to feed the good guy.”

Djokovic ended in style after a season in which he missed two majors because of his vaccine status.

“It feels deeply satisfying and, at the same time, a huge relief because of the circumstances that I have been through this year, situations earlier this year…

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