Holger Rune ousted Novak Djokovic to win the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000

Holger Rune will remember his week in Paris for a long time. At the age of 19, under the tutelage of coach Patrik Mouratoglou, he put on an exceptional performance to beat Novak Djokovic in the Masters 1000 final in Bercy (3-6, 6-3, 7-5) on Sunday, November 6, marking his first success. in a tennis tournament of this magnitude. Still outside the world’s top 100 at the start of the season, Rune finished it off like a cannonball, breaking into the Top 10 (10).e).

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Given his performance on Sunday, it’s hard to think the Scandinavian will stop there. It emerged when he beat Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the quarter-finals of this year’s Roland Garros, confirming his immense potential in a week east of Paris, during which he would defeat five of them. the best players in the world (Hubert Hurkacz, Andrey Rublev, Carlos Alcaraz, Félix Auger-Aliassime and, therefore, Novak Djokovic). And to think that after saving three match points against Stanislas Wawrinka (4-6, 7-5, 7-6) in the first round, he can watch this final on his sofa…

After chaining peaks this week, it was Novak Djokovic’s Everest personified that stood before the young Dane on Sunday. After taking on Maxime Cressy, the Serb who has already won the Bercy title six times, Holger Rune (19) announced on Eurosport his desire to make life difficult for the new generation, one of the best. .

I’ll make sure to kick their ass for as long as possible. They’ll kick my ass now and then, but hopefully less often than I kick theirs.” Novak Djokovic had fun. The Serb kept his promise to his opponent in the final.

Djokovic made the best start

Facing Rune, who is sixteen years younger than him, Djokovic started the match with the intention of not giving his opponent any chance. After a break in the third game, the Serbian rolled on his serve to calmly pocket the first set (6-3) against a fighting but timid Holger Rune. But definitely worn fought against Stefanos Tsitsipas the day before (won 6-2, 3-6, 7-6), Djokovic struggled to keep up, was forced to lie down regularly and called for a physiotherapist when switching sides at the end of the match.

On the ropes, Holger Rune might have sunk completely when he went 0-40 down in the first game of the second set. Pushed by the Paris public, who were completely committed to their cause, Scandinavia saved the cannons before they could completely free themselves. The result was that she came out on top with straight shots and cushions to get back into the set everywhere (3-6, 6-3). That’s when the final, so far so good, turned into a real battle.

Holger Rune was ineligible against Novak Djokovic in his first Masters 1000 final.

Novak Djokovic, who is more used to this kind of situation than his opponent, used his experience and went to the service of the young brat (3:1). But the rarely tense Serb missed an unusual number of chances until he lost serve twice, allowing Rune to serve out to win the game at 6-5. To say it wasn’t easy to conclude, the Dane saved five break points during a game that lasted almost sixteen minutes, before finally going down after the final, squandering the first match point with a huge double fault. Move to Djokovic’s feet.

“This is an incredible moment, I have a lot of respect for Novak. I can’t imagine, the last game was amazing, there was so much emotion. This is the biggest moment of my career as a tennis player. Holger Rune reacted, acted, a few minutes after the meeting. After Carlos Alcaraz (19) usurped the world number one throne and Roger Federer retired in mid-September, this 2022 season proves that tennis has entered a new era. Which Holger Rune has every chance to find a place of choice.

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