Holger Rune overcomes Novak Djokovic and a hostile crowd to win the Paris Masters

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Holger Rune will be in the top 10 players next week after delivering the performance of his career by beating Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters final.

Rune beat Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, but that scoreline is far from summing up what was a dramatic game.

The Danish teenager saved 10 of the 12 break points he faced on a day when his surging serve served him well at times and was temperamental at times.

His crisp two-handed backhands were too hot for Djokovic to handle and that has to be the greatest compliment that can be given to a player’s skill.

After giving up an early break in the deciding third set, Rune fought back 1-3 and found himself serving for the match at 6-5.

He couldn’t have known that it would take him 17 minutes to hold his serve in a game that had already lasted over two hours.

Holger Rune showed great character time and time again in the match after appearing to be blown away during what was certainly an overwhelming occasion.

The Dane held firm in the longer rallies of the match, but might have found life easier had his serve been more accurate.

He was able to continually dig deep as evidenced by the ten break points he saved.

Rune may have fallen apart after double faulting on his first match point, but he found a way to win that crucial 12th game of the third set.

The Paris Masters win caps a fine end to the season for Rune, who claimed his fifth top-ten win in five days in the French capital.

Rune ended a 13-game winning streak for Djokovic in Paris and on the ATP Tour and showed great determination to do so.

At one point during this epic service game, a rude member of the crowd shouted during the Dane’s serve, but he managed to earn the point and inspired his own supporters in the crowd to find their voice.

He also got the bird of the Paris crowd when he let the shot clock run out in that same game.

Djokovic had to be treated by the physio for an apparent complaint in his thigh which could have been little more than a cramp as he was soon moving well.

Holger Rune is the youngest Parisian champion since Boris Becker in 1986.

The crowd might have been hostile to Rune, but Djokovic was graceful in the loss with the 19-year-old a frequent strike partner for the Serbian on tour.

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