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Novak Djokovic dispatches Ruud at Masters Cup

Novak Djokovic despacha a Ruud en la Copa Masters

Novak Djokovic debuted on his right foot in the ATP Masters Cup, beating Casper Ruud 7-6 (4), 6-2 on Monday, his sixth straight win after a long hiatus on the tour.

After a two-month respite without playing after losing to Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open, a result that prevented him from completing the collection of Grand Slam titles in the same year, Djokovic returned to the circuit this month and became champion at the Paris Masters.

The world number one seeks to equal the record of Roger Federer, six times winner of the event that brings together the eight best tennis players of the season.

The victory of the Serbian star left him at the head of the Green Group, with a format all against all. Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, champion of the 2018 edition, later faced Russian Andrey Rublev.

Medvedev and Alexander Zverev scored victories in the Red Group on Sunday by kicking off a tournament that takes place in Turin for the first time after 12 years in London.

After the game, Djokovic received the trophy for finishing the year as number one in the ranking, a feat he completed for the seventh time to break the record he shared with Pete Sampras, his idol as a child.

Interviewed on the pitch, Djokovic recalled how he fell in love with tennis watching Sampras play when he was “4 or 5 years old”, asking his father to buy him a racket.

“Now I’m here and I’ve won this (trophy) seven times, one more (than Sampras) – it’s amazing,” Djokovic told the crowd in Italian. “The dream continues. I hope to continue playing this great sport for several more years. “

Ruud, a Norwegian who qualified for the ATP Finals for the first time, broke Djokovic’s serve in the owner’s first game when the Serb fell and dropped his racket while changing direction in his attempt to return a balloon return. .

A double fault from Ruud allowed Djokovic to regain the break and level 3-3 in the first set. Djokovic went on to deal with solvency his games with the serve and ended up submitting the Norwegian in a tiebreaker.

Thanks to the fast indoor conditions at the Pala Alpitour arena, Djokovic was almost perfect, winning 20 of 21 points with his first serve in the opening set and 35 of 39 during the match.

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