ATP Finals: Djokovic beats Casper, equals Federer’s record.
Novak Djokovic defeated third seed Casper Ruud to win the ATP Finals tennis tournament title for the record-equalling sixth time here on Sunday.
Serbia’s Djokovic defeated Ruud 7-5 6-3 to win the tournament for the first time since 2015 and equal Federer’s six titles.
The 35-year-old Djokovic had to face defeat when he reached the finals of this tournament the last two times.
After winning the title, Djokovic said, “Seven years is a long time. Plus the fact that I waited seven years makes this victory that much sweeter and bigger.”
He said, “Obviously it had an impact at the beginning of the year.
For the first several months, I was trying to find that balance game-wise. Mentally as well, so that I can get back on the court and find the level of tennis that I need.
I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I know that there is still a huge hunger in my mind to win trophies.
Djokovic has become the oldest player to win this year-end tournament. He also got the biggest prize money in tennis history.
He got an amount of $ 4.7 million for winning the ATP Finals. Djokovic ended the year with 18 wins and one loss.
He won titles in Tel Aviv and Astana while reaching the final of the Paris Masters. Apart from this, he also won titles in Wimbledon and Rome.
Men’s tennis tour prize money to top $215 million next year
The total prize money of the ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour will increase by $37.5 million (37 million) to $217.9 million (217.9 million) in 2023.
This is the first time in the men’s tennis circuit that such a huge amount has been raised in a single season.
With the eight to 12-day tournament in Madrid, Rome, and Shanghai, the ‘on-site’ (during the tournament) prize money on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Tour will reach $18.6 million (18.6 million).
Both the Masters 1000 and Cincinnati tournaments in Canada will be 12 days in 2025.
ATP has also increased its ‘bonus pool’ to $21.3 million (21.3 million) in 2023, which will be an increase of 85 percent compared to 2022.
The prize money of ATP Challengers will increase by 75 percent from $12.1 million (1.21 crore) to $21.1 million (2.11 crore) in the next season.