2022 ATP Finals F: [3] Casper Ruud vs Novak Djokovic [7]

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Kralingen

G.O.A.T.
Ruud has everything to beat Djokovic.

Big serve, great fitness, great shot tolerance and ability to keep UEs low. His FH has been excellent all week and he’s even found glimpses of a BHDTL. He’s playing his heart out this week. Djoker’s legs are old and heavy, Ruud is as juiced up as he’ll ever be for a match like this.

I still don’t feel confident though…
 

Terenigma

G.O.A.T.
Djokovic in 2.

I think Ruud has played fantastic this year and is looking in great form but I just don't think he has enough to take Novak down whom has also looked in great form and has had to beat better players to make the final.
 

Nadal_King

Hall of Fame
Ruud last year did well in 1st set against Djokovic and now is a much better player but this is a final that was rd robin 1. So overall it should be Djokovic in straights 6-3 7-6
 

lrdrdy

Rookie
Dont feel confident one way or the other, depends on the level Djokovic brings out, dont think he can win with what he showed vs Fritz
 

Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
Here's to a Ruud victory. It'd go a long way towards cementing his position near the top of the game and give the guy all sorts of confidence. I don't see it happening, but how many people on this board thought Ruud wouldn't win a single match here. He gave Rublev the same kind of beatdown that Djoker did, too. I guess we'll have to see. Old guys need to start losing...
 

Biotic

Hall of Fame
Ruud has everything to beat Djokovic.

Big serve, great fitness, great shot tolerance and ability to keep UEs low. His FH has been excellent all week and he’s even found glimpses of a BHDTL. He’s playing his heart out this week. Djoker’s legs are old and heavy, Ruud is as juiced up as he’ll ever be for a match like this.

I still don’t feel confident though…
1.25 - 3.90. Sounds good enough?
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Here's to a Ruud victory. It'd go a long way towards cementing his position near the top of the game and give the guy all sorts of confidence. I don't see it happening, but how many people on this board thought Ruud wouldn't win a single match here. He gave Rublev the same kind of beatdown that Djoker did, too. I guess we'll have to see. Old guys need to start losing...
The people who thought he wouldn’t win a match here were ignoring his two wins to make the SFs last year. The conditions suit his game and that positive experience from 2021 gave him confidence to straight set red hot FAA in his opening match.

This won’t be a rout tomorrow. The younger, fresher legs will allow Ruud to hang with Djokovic. It’s then going to be decided by whether he can play the big points better than he has in other finals.

Ruud to grind it out in 3.
 

counterloop

Professional
Djokovic is the GOAT.

I'm not even a fan of his. Nadal is my tennis hero.

I just can't deny the slight difference over FEDAL. He is the better player in crunch time by a small margin.

Of course the total grand slam count is in Nadals favor.......for now.
 

ghostofMecir

Hall of Fame
Ruud has everything to beat Djokovic.

Big serve, great fitness, great shot tolerance and ability to keep UEs low. His FH has been excellent all week and he’s even found glimpses of a BHDTL. He’s playing his heart out this week. Djoker’s legs are old and heavy, Ruud is as juiced up as he’ll ever be for a match like this.

I still don’t feel confident though…
He has everything except the “being good enough” part. Djoko in straights.

On that note, it’s a black eye for the sport that this guy has made it to two slam finals and the tour championship final.
 

Mivic

Hall of Fame
There's been some shameful hand-wringing from some of my fellow Djokovic fans over the past couple of days. Novak to make mugs of them again in 2.
 
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UnforcedTerror

Hall of Fame
Ruud has everything to beat Djokovic.

Big serve, great fitness, great shot tolerance and ability to keep UEs low. His FH has been excellent all week and he’s even found glimpses of a BHDTL. He’s playing his heart out this week. Djoker’s legs are old and heavy, Ruud is as juiced up as he’ll ever be for a match like this.

I still don’t feel confident though…
I agree with everything you said. I feel like Djokovic needs to bring his absolute best to get the W here, so should he bring his level from the group stage he wins but his level against Fritz won't cut it. Casper is motivated and as fresh as a daisy. May the better man win. :notworthy:
 

Wesling

Semi-Pro
If Ruud wins today, his loss to Nadal would have cost him over $700,000 USD or over 7% of his lifetime prize money lol
Err? There is a 4.7 million dollar bonus for not losing, compared to 1.5 mill win fee if you do lose One match? Unless there is something Im missing it would cost him 3.2 million dollars to tank against nadal
 

weakera

Talk Tennis Guru
Err? There is a 4.7 million dollar bonus for not losing, compared to 1.5 mill win fee if you do lose One match? Unless there is something Im missing it would cost him 3.2 million dollars to tank against nadal
I thought 4.7m was the total prize money if you don't lose? It's a bonus on top of the other wins?
 

Tennfan123

Hall of Fame
Casper is a smart guy. He inferred in his interview that 35 year old Djokovic wasn’t the toughest version he could face. He’ll out grind Djokovic and take advantage of being in his prime.
 
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puiacalin91

Rookie
if he has patience in the rallies like Daniil does and comes with a high first serve percentage he takes the title . easy to say , hard to execute.
 

ChrisRF

Legend
Isn't Ruud getting tired of losing in finals? Hes starting to rival Murray and Nishikori here. YEa you get the runner up money but your confidence and self esteem is SHOT
I don't think so. It's rather the contrary: You realize that you will likely be back in a great final, and that will make you less nervous. Apart from that second place is also a success. But sometimes people act like losing earlier is somehow better for a weird reason.
 
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