As an undefeated winner in the group games, Djokovic secured a record prize money of 4.7 million US dollars.
The 35-year-old Serb showed a great performance against Ruud. He won all of his service games and didn’t even have to parry a break point. The breaks against the Norwegian made it 7:5 in the first set and 3:1 in the second set. Throughout the tournament, Djokovic failed to serve through just three games.
“In matches like this, small things decide, one break was enough. I’m really happy with my performance,” said Djokovic, who ended the match with an ace. Most recently, he had triumphed at the final tournament in London in 2015. Because of the long wait, the new victory tastes particularly sweet, according to the Serb.
With the title, the Wimbledon champion sent clear warning signals in the direction of the competition, because next year he will be allowed to take part in the biggest tournaments again despite the lack of a Covid vaccination. The 23-year-old Ruud, on the other hand, struggled after the defeat in the final. Even in the seventh duel with Nadal, Federer or Djokovic, he didn’t win a single set.