Novak Djokovic ties Roger Federer's record with sixth ATP Finals title, defeats Casper Ruud in straight sets

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Novak Djokovic recorded his 6th ATP Finals title on Sunday, connecting Roger Federer’s record for the most all-time, with a straight sets triumph over world No. 4 Casper Ruud. The win ended a six-year dry spell of ATP Finals titles for Djokovic, who beat Ruud 7-5, 6-3 in Turin, Italy. 

Djokovic last thrived in the ATP Finals in 2015, which was then his 4th successive year winning the occasion — his very first triumph was available in 2008. With Sunday’s win, Djokovic, 35, ended up being the earliest gamer to declare an ATP Finals prize, and it likewise made him the wealthiest: Djokovic made a tennis-record $4.7 million payday for winning all 5 matches in Turin. 

“Seven years, it’s been a long time,” stated Djokovic, the very first gamer to win an ATP Finals title in 3 various years, “but at the same time this — the fact that I waited seven years — makes this victory even sweeter and even bigger.”

This wasn’t the only wait raised for Djokovic today. On Wednesday, the Australian federal government revealed it will give a visa for Djokovic to go into the nation for the 2023 Australian Open. Djokovic missed out on the 2022 occasion and was deported from Australia due to the fact that he declined to get immunized versus COVID-19, a significant scenario that resulted in the Serbian star getting a three-year restriction from the nation. Australian migration minister Andrew Giles stated he raised the restriction due to the fact that the premises for his initial visa cancellation no longer exist. 

Sunday’s win enhanced Djokovic’s record to 18-1 on the year. Djokovic will end the 2022 season No. 5 in the ATP leading 10, and he connected Carlos Alcaraz for the a lot of ATP titles this year with 5. 

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