At 35, the 8And Mondial concludes its season in style. Serbian Novak Djokovic did not waver on Sunday November 20 and won the Masters for the sixth time by beating Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-3. He is the oldest player to win the Masters. He also equaled Roger Federer’s title record in this season’s eight-best tournament and bagged the ATP’s largest prize ever in a single tournament: $4.74 million (US$4.58 million). EUR). It took him seven years, since his last Masters win in 2015, to match Federer.
Djokovic started the match well by getting two break points on his opponent’s first serve. But the Norwegian held on and at 2-1 the Serbian apparently started to jerk, leading to fears of a new physical collapse, as he had experienced in his two previous games against Medvedev and Fritz.
Impeccable in his serve (not a single break point allowed in the match), Djokovic gradually found his physique, game and lucid and voluntary gaze: he got a new break point at 4-3, but he didn’t fail to make it.
As often, however, he managed to raise his level of play on the important points and when he created a first set point on Ruud’s serve, it was the Norwegian who broke through in the rally and left Djoker to win the first round.
Under the gaze of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Djokovic then took control of the match: he scored the first break of the match to take the lead 3-1 in the second set, playing tennis that was increasingly superior to Ruud’s.
On the sly, Djokovic came into serve for the match at 5-3 and finished with an ace.
Upset season for the Serbian
After Wimbledon, this is the second major title of the year for the Serbian who missed a significant part of the season (including the Australian Open and US Open) for refusing to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Ranked 8th in the ATP during the tournament, former world no. 1 will rise to 5th placeAnd rank monday.
For his part, Ruud lost his third grand final of the year, after Roland-Garros and the US Open. But at 23, 2022 will remain the best season of his career until he reached 2nd place in the ATP after Flushing Meadows and will be 3rd on Monday.