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Djokovic reaches ATP Finals semis by thrashing Rublev

Novak Djokovic made it into the semifinals of the ATP Finals for the 10th time with a sovereign victory against Andrey Rublev on Wednesday in Turin. At the end of the season he had to pause the fifth seeded Rublev 63, 62 to secure his 50th win of the year. Djokovic has secured first place in the Green Group thanks to successive wins in a row.


"I served well (and) that helped tremendously," said Djokovic. "I wanted to get him out of his comfort zone, take my time and mix the pace. Overall, it was a great performance. Norwegian Casper Ruud defeated British substitute Cameron Norrie 16, 63, 64 in the game of the night". to keep your chances of reaching the last four alive. With the defeat of Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final, the 34-year-old Djokovic wants to close a remarkable year in which he only missed one chance to complete a calendar grand slam.

Norrie in his final round robin match on Friday.A rematch with Medvedev, who finished second in the final in Italy, remains possible, with the reigning Russian champions leading the red group. Djokovic is fighting for titles in a row after successfully returning to action at the Paris Masters earlier this month, beating Medvedev. while last year he also got into an epic duel of the last four with Dominic Thiem.


Roger Federer will miss the Australian Open in January and is not expected to return to the competition until mid-2022 as he recovers from multiple knee surgeries, said the former world number one Swiss media was too strong for Rublev, serving 14 aces and scoring 19 winners. outplayed his dominated opponent. He broke twice in every set of a game that lasted only 69 minutes. "By winning the first set, I put additional pressure on him and started to play perhaps more consistently from behind," added Djokovic. Norrie previously replaced Stefanos Tsitsipas in the draw after the Greek star resigned with an elbow injury. The number four in the world had refused to comment on the topic after the opening.


he defeated Rublev but admitted on Wednesday that the injury that forced him to give up his first game in Paris was still a handicap."I made the very difficult decision to withdraw from the 2021 final because of my elbow injury that has been bothering me for a few weeks," said Tsitsipas. "It's a very difficult decision on my part.

Djokovic's win left Norrie," said Tsitsipas. The Brit broke in the first set against Ruud, but the Norwegian tied after a break with 53 in the lead in the second set. Ruud got the decisive break in the fifth game. crucial to his first win at the event. He then faces Rublev with a semi-final place at stake. Results of the fourth day of the ATP Finals in Turin on Wednesday (x stands for the seeded player): Green Group x1) from Andrey Rublev (RUS x5) 63, 62 Casper Ruud (NOR x8) from Cameron Norrie (GBR x10) 16, 63 , 64


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