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ATP Finals 2022: Novak Djokovic remains undefeated and breaks the bank: first tennis player to reach $160 million in prize money

Novak DjokovicAt 35, he is two victories away from winning the ATP master’s trophy for the sixth time, the first since 2015and thus present his candidacy to recover the world number one at the beginning of the next course.

The Serbian, con 600 net points in their three group stage matcheshas become one of Carlos Alcaraz’s direct rivals for the scepter of the men’s circuit in 2023.

‘Nole’ is the most regular tennis player in the second part of the season since he won the Wimbledon crown.

Such success has officially made him in the first racket professional to reach 160 million dollars in prizes (154,401,600 euros). Not counting their advertising contracts.

Despite missing the entire American hardcourt tour, with the Montreal and Cincinnati Masters 1000 and the US Openreturned with charged batteries winning the titles of Tel Aviv and Astana.

The young Holger Rune stopped a sequence of 20 victories. He did not affect the balcony, which he has levitated in each of his appearances at the Alpitour de Turn.

His last victory with the public has had as a victim a Daniil Medvedev mathematically eliminated since last Wednesday. He closed a score of 6-3, 6-7(5) and 7-6(2), in 3 hours and 11 minutes that allows him to reach the penultimate round undefeated for the seventh time..

The Russian stood up until receiving the first ‘break’ in the eighth game of the first set. In the continuation, came to have three balls to equalize the score in the tenth round. He enjoyed a fourth in sudden death, which he did take advantage of.

No, it seemed to him immersed in a kind of bird, a situation similar to the semifinal and final of Paris-Bercy with Stefanos Tsitsipas and Holger Rune, respectively.

The 21 grand champion went to the change chair and his hands trembled. He was not going to be the one to drop out despite the inconsequential result in terms of ranking. “I didn’t know the rule and what could happen if I withdrew and if I could play the semifinal afterward.“, he reflected at the end on the track.

Djokovic, sin embargo, he was making the rubber until he lost his serve again in an eternal tenth game. Medvedev, in a further display of his lack of confidence, handed in his serve when he was four points from the victory of honor. He had also served to win in the previous match with Tsitsipas. The outcome died in the ‘tie break’.

The biggest prize in tennis

Djokovic will no longer be able to be the third ATP master to be crowned with all sets in favor. The two cases correspond to Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe.

Continue with options to enter the largest stub in history: 4,813,064 euros. Novak’s rise in the game contrasts with Medvedev’s game crisis, with the turning point of the lost final of the Australian Open with Rafael Nadal. He has been defeated in his last eight duels with tennis players from the ‘top 10’.

Djokovic will meet Taylor Fritz in the first semifinal on Saturday with the precedents in favor of the Serbian 5-0.

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