Novak Djokovic described Casper Ruud as a great young man and congratulated the Norwegian on his great 2022 season. On Sunday, Djokovic beat Ruud 7-5 6-3 in the ATP Finals final. Ruud, 23, was playing his first final at the ATP Finals.
On the other hand, Djokovic was playing his eighth final in the prestigious season closing tournament. After preventing Ruud from winning his first ATP Finals title, Djokovic took a moment to acknowledge the Norwegian’s breakout season.
In 2022, Ruud reached the finals of the French Open, US Open, Miami Masters, and ATP Finals, but finished runner-up in each of those four major finals.
Djokovic recognized Ruud’s great year
«I would like to return the favor and congratulate Casper and his team.
Bad luck today. I know how hard you are working and you are an inspiration to me and many players around the world. You have had a fantastic year. You guys are a great team. Very nice people. Always respectful with everyone, my team and myself.
I know that probably somewhere deep inside you, you hoped you could win one of the three titles you competed in in finals. But playing two Grand Slam finals and the biggest tournament on the ATP Tour is really impressive.
And you’re still young, you’re still on time. And I am sure that very soon you will have big trophies in your hands,» Djokovic told Ruud. Following his last win over Ruud, Djokovic now has a 4-0 record against the Norwegian.
In Turin, Djokovic continued his dominance against Ruud as he now has four straight sets wins against the Norwegian. Djokovic also defeated Ruud earlier this year en route to winning the Rome Masters. In 2023, Ruud is likely to have another chance with Djokovic. Meanwhile, Djokovic captured five titles in 2022 and is now set for a well-deserved rest.