At the Nitto ATP Finals on Saturday night, third-seeded Norwegian Casper Ruud defeated Andrey Rublev 6-2, 6-4 in Turin to advance to the finals match confrontation with Novak Djokovic.
Ruud won easily in the Pala Alpitour by consistently striking the ball with power and consistency and by being decisive when it mattered most. He converted four of his four break points. The champion of Buenos Aires, Geneva, and Gstaad had just one misstep—he missed his serve while serving for the match at 5-2 in the second set—but he held on to win in just 69 minutes.
Rublev had skillfully kept his composure to rally to a crucial three-set round-robin victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday night, but the sixth seed was unable to deliver a repeat performance against the rock-solid Norwegian as Ruud raced into the final on just his second appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals.