Novak Djokovic had been racing for seven years to become as successful as Federer to win his sixth Masters title. At 35, which makes him the oldest of the Masters, he won this challenge after an open week in which he beat Tsitsipas, Rublev, Medvedev, Fritz and Ruud back-to-back. After a few minor guesses during a suspended first set (and even a game with three failed turns, a rare occurrence for him), the Serbian player faced off against a Norwegian who hadn’t arrived yet to beat him in the 1:34 final. and even getting sets in four matches (7-5, 6-3).
superior in service
Novak Djokovic showed some signs of physical discomfort, especially at the start of the match by touching his sinuses or leaning his head on a chair. But it was a kind of minor temporary suffering that was quickly forgotten by his faculties to exploit their resources. And that didn’t stop him from serving conspicuously, one of the keys to a very successful match (9 aces, 0 break points for defense, 85% of points earned on his first ball). In a first set dominated by the servers (Ruud scored 19 points out of 22 on the first ball, losing five points on Djokovic’s commitment), it was the Serb who had the most chances throughout the game. On the backhand, he managed to get breaking points by blocking his opponent or opening several angles: two at 1-0 (missed turn, diagonal forehand from Ruud), one at 4-3 (winning serve kicked from Ruud) and become a set point. a service at the incoming 6-5. Djokovic then killed the Norwegian’s backhand to complete the lap.
Finished the year in 5th place worldwide
Even as he became more and more daring, Ruud paid a high price for his mismanagement on his second balls (38% of points earned), even though he was the only one to win the grand rally with 25 shots. Even more self-confident by winning the first set, Novak Djokovic became unplayable, demonstrating that he was imperial in the barter, dictating the game with ferocity, as strong in the backhand as he was in the forehand. poison. Showing signs of desperation, Ruud failed to harden the game and made a few big mistakes. Serving the match 5-3, the Serbian made two mistakes in easy forehand attacks. But he won the rally of the match (36 hits) and got one match point, finishing the match with an ace.
Novak Djokovic, who closed the season by winning 18 of the last 19 games he played, will be the 5th in the world in 2022, 2,000 points behind Carlos Alcaraz, and will have played only 11 tournaments (including five wins) here. a zero-point Wimbledon. It’s pretty compact.