Djokovic stunned by teenager Rune in Paris final (VIDEO) – RT Sport News

Holger Rune, 19, picked up arguably the biggest win of his career on Sunday to defend a set down to dethrone six-time Paris Masters champion Novak Djokovic in a scintillating performance on center court sunday.

Danish prospect Rune picked up the first ATP Masters 1000 victory of what promises to be a trophy-laden career with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over the Serbian superstar, showing a courage that belies its relative inexperience along the way.

It looked like Rune might be defeated by the situation after a noticeably slow start as he lost the opening set to Djokovic. However, he fought back from a score of 0/40 in the first game of the second set as well as a 1-3 disadvantage in the decider to engrave his name on the trophy and announced himself as the new candidate for the sport’s highest honors in the deal.

The encounter’s dramatic conclusion saw Rune fend off six break points late as Djokovic tried to clinch what would have been his 39th Masters 1000 title – but each time Rune was able to dig deep and play stunning tennis that, even if he didn’t. not expressing it on the court would surely have impressed Djokovic, one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

The win ensures Rune is the youngest champion at the Parisian event since Boris Becker in 1986 in his fourth consecutive ATP Tour final and his 19th victory in his last 21 matches.

Holger will enter the top 10 in the standings for the first time on Monday – and judging by the evidence from Sunday, something will have to be done to dislodge him from the top echelon of the men’s game.

It means everything to me, a perfect way to end the week“said Rune after his victory. “It’s a privilege to share the field with Novak.

It was the most stressful game of my life“, he added of the decision maker.

My heart was almost in my head. I was already starting to think about the tie-break. I’m very proud to have been able to finish it.”

Djokovic, meanwhile, was magnanimous in defeat.

I’m not happy that you beat me, but on the other hand I’m happy for you because I like your personality, you are a very dedicated guy who loves tennis,” he said.

You have put in many hours of hard work, it is paying off and your future is bright.”

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