Ruud sets up meeting with Djokovic in ATP final championship after Rublev win

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Ruud sets up meeting with Djokovic in ATP final championship after Rublev win
Ruud took advantage of errors from Rublev to go through to the final
Ruud took advantage of errors from Rublev to go through to the final
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Norwegian Casper Ruud (23) is all that stands between Novak Djokovic (35) and a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title, after Ruud saw off Andrey Rublev (25) 6-2 6-4 at the ATP Finals in Turin.

Ruud confidently swatted aside an error-prone Rublev 6-2 6-4 in their semi-final affair.

Rublev unravelled quickly, punching his bench in frustration after dropping his serve for the second time in the first set, and Ruud added to the pain when he broke the Russian again to open the second set.

It appeared to be all but over as Ruud carried the next three games as well but Rublev got a hold of his lethal forehand to break the twice major finalist in the eighth game.

Ruud quickly extinguished that momentum, however, holding his arms out wide after clinching the match with a backhand winner down the line.

Earlier in the day, the 21-time major champion Djokovic overcame a barrage of aces from Taylor Fritz (25), outlasting the Indian Wells winner despite having a bad day in his own opinion, and produced fewer errors at the Pala Alpitour to move to within one win of matching Roger Federer's record at the season finale.

"I had to fight to survive," he said in remarks provided by the ATP.

"I didn’t feel very reactive today or very comfortable... I am very pleased to have overcome this one as I don’t think it was one of my best days with my tennis but I managed to hang in there."

If Djokovic wins the final, he will claim the biggest prize in tennis history, cashing in $4,740,300 for lifting the tournament trophy undefeated.

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