Danish teenager Holger Rune stunned six-time champion Novak Djokovic 3-6 6-3 7-5 to win his maiden Paris Masters title on Sunday.
Rune, who beat four other top-10 players in Hubert Hurkacz, Andrey Rublev, Carlos Alcaraz and Felix Auger-Aliassime en route to the final, will become the first Danish top-10 player in nearly half a century when the new rankings are released on Monday.
“I want to congratulate you, your team and your family,” Djokovic said. “You absolutely deserve this win. What an amazing week you’ve had.
“I’m not happy that you beat me, but on the other hand I’m happy for you because I like your personality and you’re a very dedicated guy who loves tennis and puts in a lot of hours of hard work.
“It’s paying off and I’m sure the future is bright for you and your team.”
Djokovic, a 21-time Grand Slam winner, appeared on the path to glory after racing to the first set in just 36 minutes.
But Rune immediately bounced back by breaking the Serbian, 35, early in the second to bring the showpiece to a decider.
The 19-year-old then recovered from an early break in the third set before breaking Djokovic’s serve in a marathon 11th game in which he fended off six break points, to claim his maiden title. Masters 1000 in two hours and 32 minutes.
Rune, who remarkably survived three match points in his opening match, becomes the youngest Paris Masters champion since 18-year-old Boris Becker triumphed in 1986.
Rune’s path to his first ATP Masters 1000 title (ranking)
R1 Wawrinka (194)
R2 Hurkacz (10)
R3 Rublev (9)
QF Alcaraz (1)
SF Auger-Aliassime (8)
F Djokovic (7)
Five straight top 10 wins
“You are one of my favorite players, I’ve watched you since you were a kid. It’s a pleasure to share the pitch with you,” Rune said.
“I really enjoyed my time at the tournament here and can’t wait to be back here next year.”