Norwegian Casper Ruud is all that is standing in the way of Novak Djokovic and a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title, following the Serbian former world number one defeated American Taylor Fritz 7-6(5) 7-6(6) in the Turin semi-final.
The 21-time major champion was able to overcome an avalanche of aces by Fritz and defeated Fritz by a landslide. Indian Wells winner despite having an off day to his own perception and committing fewer mistakes in the Pala Alpitour to move to just one win away from the record set by Roger Federer at the final match of the season."I needed to fight to stay alive," the 35-year-old said in a statement released by the ATP.
I did not feel particularly reactive today, or at ease.I'm extremely happy to have been able to overcome this issue since I don't think that was my most successful days of tennis, but I did manage to persevere.If Djokovic takes the title in the finals event, he'll win the most significant prize in tennis history, taking in $4,740,300 after lifting the trophy in the tournament unbeaten.But he'll need to conquer Ruud initially, who expertly defeated an inexperienced Andrey Rublev 7-2 in their semi-final.
Rublev broke down quickly, hitting his bench to vent his anger when he dropped his serve the second time during the first set. Ruud made it worse by breaking the Russian once more to begin the second set.It seemed like almost over, as Ruud played the subsequent three games too, however Rublev was able to get hold of his deadly forehand to beat the major finalist twice during the 8th game.
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Ruud quickly squelched that momentum However, he held his arms open after securing the win by hitting a backhand to the finish.It's difficult at times because everything is clearly going well but they sometimes be a bit too good,Ruud said in remarks published on the ATP website.Andrey made some excellent returns, and was aggressive with his fronthand.I wasn't stressed out too much. Everything was kind of going my way today.Djokovic as well as Ruud will meet in the final on Sunday.Which reported by slot online malaysia.