Novak Djokovic is in his first ATP Finals title match since 2018 and eighth overall. Novak defeated Taylor Fritz 7-6, 7-6 in one hour and 54 minutes to remain unbeaten in Turin and set up the title clash against either Casper Ruud or Andrey Rublev.
Djokovic ousted Fritz for the sixth time in as many meetings, bouncing back from yesterday’s marathon against Daniil Medvedev and staying in the title race. Fritz fired 15 aces but struggled on his second serve. Still, he kept in touch with a winner of 21 Majors in both sets, leading 5-3 in the second but failing to force a decider.
Both players hit two service breaks, and Novak claimed 11 more points, having the advantage in the shortest and most advanced exchanges. Djokovic broke to love in the fifth game of the opener to build the lead before Fritz struck back in the next to level the score at 3-3.
Novak Djokovic is in his eighth ATP Finals title match.
The servers were too strong in the remainder of the set to introduce a tiebreaker. Novak kept his cool in the closing stages and fired a forehand down the line winner at 6-5 to close out the set and gain momentum.
Taylor grabbed an early break in the second set and served well to carve out a 5-3 lead. Djokovic held on for 30-0 in the ninth game and broke in the next to close out the result at 5-5. The Serb played better in the tie-break and converted the second match point at 7-6 after a loose forehand from the American sent him into the final.