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Djokovic beats Fritz to reach final of ATP Finals Rublev overcomes Tsitsipas to reach ATP semis in Turin Fritz beats Auger-Aliassime, faces Djokovic in semifinals

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TURIN, Italy. Novak Djokovic maintained his bid for a record-breaking sixth ATP Finals title by beating Taylor Fritz of the United States on Saturday to reach the final of the prestigious season-ending tournament.

Djokovic, who went unbeaten in the group stage, won 7-6(5), 7-6(6) in less than two hours in Turin to secure his second match point victory.

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Now he has won all six meetings against the 25-year-old Fritz.

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In Sunday’s final, the Serb will face either third-place Kasper Ruud or Andrey Rublev as he tries to win his first title in the tournament since 2015 and match Roger Federer’s record.

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Djokovic had to recover quickly from a grueling three-hour victory over Daniil Medvedev in his last group match, which ended less than 24 hours earlier.

“I had to fight to survive,” Djokovic said. “Today I didn’t feel very reactive or very comfortable. I knew going into today’s matchup after yesterday’s grueling battle with Medvedev, I knew it would take me some time to adjust and find the dynamic move I needed against Fritz, who is one of the best servers on the tour.

“I’m very happy that I got over it as I don’t think it was one of my best days in tennis, but I managed to get through it.”

Thanks to Fritz’s energetic performance, he bounced back from his breakdown in the first set. The American also broke down in the first game of the second and appeared to be on the verge of equalizing as he took a 5-3 lead.

But Djokovic broke down and again found a way to break through in the tie-break.

“I had to be very patient, I didn’t start the second set very well,” Djokovic said. “But I managed to interrupt his serve at 5-4 when he served for the set, like yesterday when Medvedev served for the match.

“At times like this, I find another pass and I manage to keep my composure and get him to play another tie-break shot.”

In addition to possibly matching Federer’s record, Djokovic could also claim the biggest payout in tennis history on Sunday, with $4,740,300 being offered for the undefeated ATP Finals trophy.

TURIN, Italy. Andrei Rublev edged ahead of second-place Stefanos Tsitsipas to advance to the final four of Friday’s ATP Finals.

Rublev won 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and reached the semi-finals for the first time. He will face third seed Kasper Ruud.

In the other semi-final, Novak Djokovic will face Taylor Fritz from the USA. The five-time champion will have to recover quickly after a grueling victory on dead tires over Daniil Medvedev, which lasted more than three hours.

“From a physical point of view, I am not worried because…. . worry just robs you of the vitality you need,” Djokovic said. “If something happens tomorrow in a good or bad way, it will happen and then I have to deal with it.

“Today I will do everything in my power, with my physio, with myself, with my team, to have a good rest and recovery. . . There have been many cases in my life when I was able to recover very quickly. I hope it will be like this again.”

Djokovic is aiming to match Roger Federer’s record six titles in a season-ending elite tournament. Djokovic’s last title was in 2015.

With a win and a loss in the group, it was a winner-take-all match for Rublev and Tsitsipas.

Rublev threw his racket in desperation, losing the game on his serve early in the first set. But at the end, he was all smiles as he crouched down, seemingly in disbelief, as Tsitsipas hit back at the net to pass the match to him.

“I didn’t give up. I continued to fight and play,” said Rublev. “I lost a bit of emotion when I lost a stupid game 40-0 in the first set.

“But then I just kept fighting. I thought I would stand a chance if I just did my best. I managed to turn the tide of the match and I’m happy to be in the semi-finals.”

After a strong start, Tsitsipas turned pale and made mistakes, including a double fault in the penultimate set, which gave Rublev a second break in the final set and left him to serve for the match.

Earlier, Djokovic clearly pushed himself to the limit, beating the already eliminated Medvedev to maintain his unblemished record in the tournament.

Although he had already made it to the semi-finals, Djokovic played for pride and ranking points, and the chance to earn $4.7 million if he won the trophy unbeaten in Turin.

He was visibly shaking during the third set shift as he fought for a 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(2) victory.

Medvedev made a break in the ninth game of the deciding set, leaving him to serve for the match, but Djokovic made a break and continued to play on the tie-break.

“I don’t think there is a limit,” Djokovic said. “It’s really in your head. It’s really about perspective and approach and your perception of how you see things at the moment.

“Of course when you go through a physical fight it affects the game, it affects how you feel, it affects your body language. But I think the biggest battle, as I said, is always an internal battle.”

TURIN, Italy. Taylor Fritz reached the final four of the ATP Finals by defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-2 at the year-end tournament.

In the semifinals, the American will face five-time world champion Novak Djokovic.

The match was pitched to the final set when Fritz broke down twice in the last three games, on either side of love, securing a place in the next round by scoring the first of two match points when fellow tournament debutant Auger-Aliassime sent a hit left. wide.

Before game six of the final set, the only other break points were in the second game of the second set, when Fritz had to deflect three of them against his Canadian opponent.

Kasper Ruud had already booked his place in the semi-finals but lost 7-5, 7-5 to the already eliminated Rafael Nadal, leaving the Norwegian 0-8 against the top three players.

Nadal, who placed first, lost his first two matches in the tournament and avoided repeating his career-worst streak of five consecutive defeats.

“I trained well,” Nadal said. “There are probably not enough matches to be at the level that I need. Lacked confidence, probably after six difficult months. That’s it.

“I agree that the season did not end the way I wanted, at least I finished with a positive win,” he continued. “It’s important, the last official match of the season, so I’m happy about it.”

Nadal won the Australian Open and the French Open to bring his Grand Slam tally to a record 22, but he has only played nine singles matches since pulling out of Wimbledon the day before the semi-finals with a torn abs.

“I can’t ask for more: 2022 has been a rough six months, two Grand Slams and finished the year high in the rankings. So I can’t complain at all,” Nadal, 36, said. “At my age, being able to achieve results and be competitive means a lot to me.”

For 2023, the Spaniard said he wants to “start the season with the right energy, the right mindset to get to the level that I need to be competitive from the start.” Let’s try it, I’m delighted.”

Ruud will face the winner of Friday’s match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev.


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