Atp Finals News
Novak Djokovic finishes troubled year with 'satisfying' ATP Finals title, equals Roger Federer's record
Novak Djokovic defeated Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-3 in Turin to match Roger Federer's record of six titles in the year-ending tournament for the top-ranked players.
Rublev's win saw him overtake Tsitsipas in the Red Group to take second place behind Novak Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic went into the Red Group dead tie already assured of his place in the semi-finals after wins over Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Casper Ruud, who lost to Rafael Nadal, will face the winner of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev in the semi-finals.
Rafael Nadal, who sits second in the rankings, said he was happy with a season in which he won the first two Grand Slam titles, in Australia and at Roland Garros.
Nadal needed to win the year-end title for the first time in his trophy-laden career to have a chance of preventing Alcaraz from finishing number one.
In Turin, Djokovic is chasing a record-equalling sixth title in the season-ending event, previously known as the Masters Cup, that brings together the season's top eight players.
The floppy-haired Rublev, who is making his third straight appearance at the season finale, had the best of the early exchanges and appeared to be on course to wrap up the first set in quick time as he opened up a 4-1 lead.
The year-ending Finals is the only major trophy missing from tennis icon Nadal's list of honours but his straight-sets loss means he will struggle to escape the round-robin stage.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal headline the year-ending championships with World No 1 Carlos Alcaraz absent from the ATP Finals with injury.
Rafael Nadal is the top seed at the year-end championships for the fifth time but will try to win his maiden trophy. Novak Djokovic, on the contrary, will try to make history with a sixth title.
Djokovic began working with the Slovakian coach since he was a teenager in 2006, though they split for a year in 2017.
Zverev beat the top two players in consecutive matches to earn his second title at the ATP Finals.
Djokovic was hoping to draw level with Roger Federer on six season-ending championship titles.
World number two Medvedev will face either Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev in Sunday's final at the Pala Alpitour in Turin after breezing to victory over Norwegian Ruud.
Ruud has joined top-ranked Novak Djokovic, No 2 Daniil Medvedev and No 3 Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals of the elite season-ending event
ATP Finals 2021: Daniil Medvedev edges Alexander Zverev in thriller, Jannik Sinner beats Hubert Hurkacz
Sinner replaced fellow home hope Matteo Berrettini in the draw who pulled out due to abdominal injury.
Peng claimed earlier this month that former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli had assaulted her, the first time the #MeToo movement has struck at the top echelons of the ruling Communist Party.