Ruud’s fourth big final in his career and fourth this year (after Miami, French Open & US Open), and for the fourth time he was unable to put himself in a position to win it. It was his fourth meeting against Djokovic  and the fourth one in Italy. The best Norwegian in tennis history of his country still hasn’t won a set against the Serb. Ruud saved break points in two different games of the opener, he was constantly one step behind. In the 12th game he led 30/15 but lost three points in succession and the set. In the 2nd set Djokovic got a break at 2:1 and finished the event with an ace down the T equaling Federer’s record of six titles in the season-ending event. He wasn’t forced to play a deuce in his 11 service games. “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that what I hold in my mind is a huge hunger still to win trophies,” said Djokovic.
Djokovic’s route to his 90th title:
rr Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6(4)
rr Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-1
rr Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(2)
S Taylor Fritz 7-6(5), 7-6(6)
W Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-3
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