Novak Djokovic reacts after beating Casper Ruud on Monday.© AFP
Novak Djokovic began his attempt to achieve Roger Federer’s record number of triumphs in the ATP final with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 win over Casper Ruud in straight sets on Monday. World number one Djokovic is looking to close a remarkable year with a sixth final title after narrowly missing out on all four Grand Slams and getting off to a strong start against the mindful Ruud, who in. He is at the head of the Green Group before Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev meet in the evening session in Turin on Monday.
The Norwegian Ruud, who played his first game in the finals against one of the best players of all time, played with honor and could easily have taken a set lead.
The 22-year-old got off shot by cracking Djokovic in the first game, but in game seven the Serb led 4-3 and looked good to take the first set.
Djokovic hit Game 10 with his one game lead intact and the game apparently turned in his favor, but Ruud saved two breakpoints to hold his serve and eventually tie the set to the break.
Ruud was 4-3 ahead but Djokovic put the pressure on by winning four games in a row to take the first set and from then on he ran flawlessly.
Djokovic immediately broke Ruud at the start of the second set and from there he went to victory, breaking one more time to win the second set and the match.
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