Novak Djokovic along with the tournament champion's cup .
Novak Djokovic tied the game. He set a record with his sixth ATP Finals title, defeating Casper Ruud on Sunday to close the season in style.
The Serb prevailed 7-5, 6-3 to secure his first title in this tournament since 2015. With his sixth trophy, he has matched Roger Federer's record.
Djokovic, 35 years old and who had lost in his two previous finals in this tournament, raised his feet. He stretched out his arms and smiled. after defining the match with an ace.
Never had an older tennis player conquered this prestigious tournament that ended the year. Djokovic pocketed the money. He also earned the largest bag in the history of tennis, of 4.7 million dollars, for being crowned undefeated.
Ruud, the third seed, suffered an injury. his fourth defeat in a duel for a relevant title in the year. lost also the finals of Miami, Roland Garros and the United States Open. The Norwegian has never won a set against Djokovic in four meetings.
Djokovic started with a slam dunk. He was strong in Turin and had two break points in Ruud's first game on serve. The Norwegian was able to recover, but he will have to keep up. he picked up another break point in the eighth game.
Ultimately, Djokovic broke the ball. the service to Ruud on the fourth opportunity. And it was at a crucial moment, at set point.
Excited, the Serb beat the ball. He punched in the air after Ruud's backhand went long.
Seeded seventh, Djokovic saw another break in the fourth game of the second set. Ruud could no longer react.
Djokovic finished the year 18-1 after winning trophies in Tel Aviv and Astana, before reaching the Paris Masters final. . His five titles this season also include victories at Wimbledon and Rome.