After beating Andre Rubio 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) on Friday, Casper Ruud will face Daniil Medvedev in the last four of the ATP Finals, while Djokovic beat Green Group 1-1. Out with Cameron Nouri’s 6-2, 6-1 defeat
Both Ruud and Rublev knew that a win at Turin’s Pala Alpator would take them to the semi-finals on Saturday, and Ruud came from behind to make sure they competed for world number two.
Norway has had a fantastic year in which it has reached the semi-finals in its first appearance in the event of the season and has won five tournaments.
He did so despite losing to fifth-seeded Rubleo in the first set, who looked certain to face his compatriots over the weekend after breaking Rowe’s serve in Game Three of the second set.
“This is a great day for me and my career, obviously this year has been special,” Rowade told the court.
“I’ve been in the lead for the last two games, coming back from one set … I don’t really know how I did it.
“I got some good returns and then the pace changed. We are both playing with the nerves at the end so I guess I can thank my arm that I was able to hit the ace at the match point because I was very. Was nervous. “
Fifth-seeded Rubello went down in the match after being unbeaten in his four previous meetings with Road, but deserved to lose after a strong start, failing to qualify for the knockout round from the Green Group.
“I don’t have much to say, it’s hard. Hopefully I can get through it to teach myself a lesson,” a depressed Rubello later told reporters.
Djokovic showed how difficult it would be to stop him from winning the record-breaking sixth final by beating British Nouri in his straight sets, who are out of the tournament without winning under their belts after replacing the injured Stefanos Tsitsipas. ۔
Djokovic, the world number one, broke Nouri in the first game of the evening and then pushed the 26-year-old, who gloved over the 20-time Grand Slam winner in a match that lasted barely an hour.
He barely broke a sweat, winning his every service game and breaking Nouri five times in a generally dominant display from Serb before his semi-final match with third seed Alexander Zuriev on Saturday night.
Djokovic was in good spirits after the match, and after the post-match interview, especially in Italian, he batted a few balls in a crowd that will almost certainly accompany him in Saturday’s semi-final.
Djokovic said in Italian on the court, “I played very well from the first to the last point … there weren’t many negatives in my game.”
“Tomorrow is going to be a tough match, he’s a tough player who is very tall and has one of the best services in the world … let’s see, I’m looking forward to a match that will give me a physical, Ask him out well if he is no longer absorbed in the connection.