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‘Roger Federer’s body just wasn’t up to it’, says expert

Novak Djokovic is Master of Masters for the sixth time in his career. The Serbian tennis player needed two sets to eliminate Casper Ruud in the final of the ATP Finals: 7-5 and 6-3 is the result that makes him return to the history of the sport and allows him to maintain his unbeaten streak in Turin.

Thus, the Slam champion managed to snag another record, which until now was held by Roger Federer: the maximum number of Finals titles won. In addition to the trophy and the four million and more of his unbeaten record in the tournament, Djokovic also takes home another Turin record: at 35 years and 5 months, he is the oldest player to have won the Finals tournament. .

Again, the record holder was Roger Federer, who had won the title in 2011 at the age of 30 years and 3 months, beating Frenchman Tsonga in the final. Thus, once again Novak Djokovic leaves a tournament with a victory and a record set, but not everything is within his reach.

Although the 21-time Slam champion is the oldest player to lift the Finals trophy, he is not the oldest player to have played in a final in this competition. In this case, the record still belongs to Arthur Ashe: six days behind the Serbian, at 35 years and 6 months, he is the oldest player to have participated in a Masters final.

The record dates back to 1978, when Ashe lost the final, as well as the Stars and Stripes derby, of the Finals to John McEnroe: the former United States number one, winner of both singles and doubles in the tournament, beat his compatriot in three sets on the concrete deck of New York’s Madison Square Garden.

McCarvel opens up about Federer

Nick McCarvel, a well-known tennis reporter, analyst and presenter, recently spoke about Roger Federer’s farewell at the 2022 Laver Cup. “It was unbelievable. I think Roger [Federer] he struggled to prepare.

I think he was trying to come back. She came to Wimbledon for the centenary celebration on Center Court. I think there was an idea that he was going to put the last push forward for one more Wimbledon 2023, but the body just wasn’t up to it,” McCarvel said.

“That week was very special, having Novak, Andy and Rafa there, having the next generation guys like Casper and Stef and even the guys from the world of the team. The scenes, Rafa [Nadal]Andy [Murray]novak [Djokovic]all very emotional in their own way as Roger [Federer] it was falling apart.

That was a really special moment for our sport and sometimes I think it’s hard for us to put it into context.”

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