Novak Djokovic 1 match away from breaking world record

Novak Djokovic 1 match away from breaking world record

by Alfredo Bassanelli

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The year-end event brings together the top eight ATP players every year, and because of the record-high prize money in 2022, it may be particularly memorable.

This year, Novak Djokovic and Casper Ruud proved to be the best two players as they are set for the final meeting in Turin. However, while the 21-time Grand Slam champion is yet to lose a match, his Norwegian opponent lost to Rafael Nadal in the group stage and so he can't finish the tournament unbeaten anymore.

And winning unbeaten is exactly what any player needed at the 2022 ATP Finals to break a world record in terms of prize money won at a single event. Ashleigh Barty won the WTA Finals in 2019 and earned a total of $4,420,000 after only losing one match in the round-robin stage. That is the most prize money ever won by a tennis player, male or female, up to this point.

If Novak Djokovic beats Casper Ruud in the final on Sunday, he can collect $4,740,300 and therefore break this record by more than $300,000. After defeating Taylor Fritz in semifinals, the Serbian briefly spoke about money, stating:

“Of course, people can see how much we are earning,” said Djokovic. “What the media is not writing about is all the taxes and also the other expenses, but that’s fine. I cannot sit here and talk about money as an issue in my life or anything like that. I’ve been very blessed and lucky."

"It comes as a consequence of my tennis and the success that I’ve had, along with my family and my team. I think that every euro that I’ve earned was through hard sweat and tears. I don’t take anything for granted because I know how it feels like having zero on the table, five family members, war and sanctions," he added.

“Let’s not forget where I come from, in which kind of era I was growing up I know exactly the opposite side, which helps me in life I think to appreciate everything I earn more.”


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