Holger Rune Defeats Novak Djokovic To Claim First Masters Title In Paris

The Dane became the first player to defeat five top-10 players in a single ATP event
08:57, 07 Nov 2022

Denmark’s Holger Rune stunned reigning champion Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters final to claim his maiden ATP Masters Title.

The teenager denied the Serbian a record-extending seventh title in Paris as he won 3-6 6-3 7-5.

By beating the 21-time Grand Slam champion in the French capital, the 19-year-old became the youngest champion at the Paris Masters since Boris Becker in 1986. His victory has seen him move into the top 10 of the world rankings for the first time in his career and is the first Danish player to do so in over half a century.


"You're one of my favourite players, I've watched you since you were a kid," Rune told Djokovic after winning his first Masters title.

"It's a pleasure to share the court with you.

"I really enjoyed my time at the tournament here and I can't wait to be back here next year."

Djokovic also paid compliments to his opponent after their interesting battle on court.

He said: "I'm not happy that you beat me, but on the other hand I'm happy for you because I like your personality, you're a very dedicated guy who loves tennis.

"You've put in a lot of hours of hard work, it's paying off for you and your future is bright."

The 35-year-old started the match the stronger as he broke into a 3-1 lead in the opening set. Rune then broke quickly in the second to take the match to a gripping finale in the third.

The Dane also recovered from being 3-1 down in the third before breaking for 6-5 to serve for the match.

He saved six break points against Djokovic in the final game before securing the title in a match that surpassed two-and-a-half hours.

Djokovic, the world number eight, was not the only top-10 player Rune bested to win his first Masters title. Hubert Hurkacz, Andrey Rublev, Carlos Alcaraz and Felix Auger-Aliassime were bested by the promising youngster on his route to the final in Paris.

With his triumph over Djokovic, Rune became the first player to beat five top 10 players in a single ATP event.

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