Holger Rune defeated Novak Djokovic in Paris Masters final. - AP

The 19-year-old Holger Rune picked up the biggest win of his career when he defeated 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in the final of Paris Masters on Sunday. Rune won his maiden Masters 1000 title, scripting a stunning comeback from one set down against the Serb in a hard-fought final.

Holger Rune also became the first Danish player to be ranked in top 10 in men’s singles charts as the Paris Masters title came as icing on the cake following a consistent few weeks on the tour. Rune battled hard to beat Djokovic and 4 other top 10 players en route to the top step of the podium in Paris.

In his fourth consecutive ATP tour final, Rune fought back and won the battle of nerves against Djokovic, beating the Serb 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and denying him a 7th crown at Paris Masters. Rune has now won 19 of his last 21 matches and is looking set to stir things up in the new season.

Rune defeated Stanislas Wawrinka, Hubert Hurkacz, Andrey Rublev, World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and Felix Aguer-Aliassime before the big test against Djokovic.

“To beat Novak. To be able to beat him in such occasion, in the final is probably the best feeling of this whole week,” Holger Rune said.

“It was also important for me to beat Felix and Alcaraz and these guys. But still, to be able to beat Novak … he’s probably one of the greatest we have ever had in this sport. It’s a crazy feeling,” he added.

Earlier on Saturday, reigning Paris Masters champion Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in a three-set epic to set up a title clash with Rune, who reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final after a comfortable win over Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Djokovic won his eighth straight match against Tsitsipas but needed more than two hours to seal a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) victory, keeping alive a 13-match unbeaten run as well as his hopes of clinching a seventh title in Paris.

In a battle between two of the Tour’s most in-form players, world number 18 Rune convincingly ended eighth seed Auger-Aliassime’s 16-match winning run in a 6-4, 6-2 victory and earned his fourth top-10 scalp in as many days.


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