On Day 4 of the ATP Finals 2021 in Turin, Novak Djokovic's umpteenth show of strength arrived. The Serbian champion has secured the passage to the semifinals of the Tournament of Masters for the tenth time in his career, better than him only Roger Federer (16) and Ivan Lendl (12), thanks to the clear victory obtained against a shy Andrey Rublev.
The two had never faced each other in their careers before today, but the field highlighted the great technical and physical gap that divides them. The 20-time Grand Slam champion didn't get off to a good start and immediately lost his serve by making several gratuitous mistakes and not getting help from the first one.
However, Rublev was unable to confirm the break advantage and allowed Djokovic to immediately raise his head. With the passing of the minutes the Belgrade took control of the exchanges and in the eighth game he found the break that made the difference.
In the second half of the game, the Serbian didn't give his rival any more chances and dominated the game with determination. To underline the incredible point won by Djokovic in the third game; point where he defended himself tooth and nail right up to the delightful backhand loop.
"My goal is to win, I still have a lot of ambitions," said Djokovic in the post-match interview. "I have a lot of pressure when I go out on the pitch, everyone expects me to win. I continue to train hard every day, experience helps but only by working can I continue to stay where I am now."
For the Serb this is the 50th victory of the season. Rublev will therefore have to win his last match against Casper Ruud to pass the Green Group and win the semifinals of the Italian event. Djokovic, who finished the group in first place, will challenge Cameron Norrie, who took the place of the unlucky Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The Greek did not overcome the elbow problem and decided to leave Turin prematurely.
Garbine Muguruza won the WTA Finals 2021
Garbine Muguruza won the 2021 edition of the WTA Finals, by beating Anett Kontaveit in the final in straight sets with the final score of 6-3 7-5, winning her third title of the season and her tenth in career.
Thanks to this victory Garbine will close the season at the 3rd place of the WTA ranking, while Kontaveit, who was defeated twice times by the Spaniard in this event, will close the year at the 7th place. At the start of the match Kontaveit made a lot more mistakes, with 22 unforced for her at the end of the first set, and 7 winners.
Muguruza managed to squeeze in a streak of five consecutive games and finished the first set 6-3 in 43 minutes. In the second set it was Kontaveit who took the lead by a break at 4-3 and then served for the set at 5-4, but came back on 5-5.
The final draw was by the Spanish, who finished the challenge 7-4, winning her first title at the WTA Finals. In the press conference after the victory in Guadalajara, Muguruza said: "I feel really happy, and also a little relieved, because at the beginning of the tournament I struggled to find a good game, but then I gradually managed to adapt.
This one. victory means even more because it was achieved here in Latin America, and especially in Mexico, where the public has always supported me since the first time I came to play here, when I was an unknown player. I truly believe this has been my best career season, even though I haven't won slam tournaments.
It was a season in which I managed to find continuity in the game, albeit with ups and downs in the result. The last few seasons have been mixed, but never because of my tennis: sometimes I may not be able to put all the pieces together, but my tennis is always there.
Now I have managed to find a balance towards which I have worked a lot with my team: this victory shows us that work pays off and that we are following the right path. Slam tournaments are bigger, more famous, there is tradition.
But here at the Finals you know there are only the best, and if you win this tournament you can really say you are the best of the year." In career, Garbine Muguruza won 2 Grand Slam titles: the French Open 2016 by beating the North American star Serena Williams, and Wimbledon 2017 by defeating the other Williams, Venus, in straight sets.