Paris Masters: The 19-year-old got here from a set right down to win 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.© AFP
Danish teenager Holger Rune shocked six-time champion Novak Djokovic to clinch his first Masters title in Paris on Sunday after coming from a set right down to win 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Rune, 19, turned the youngest winner of the Paris match since Boris Becker in 1986 after beating 5 top-10 gamers in as many days. He’s the fifth first-time Masters winner this season and would be the first Danish man to interrupt into the highest 10 on Monday. Djokovic had not misplaced at Bercy since his defeat to Karen Khachanov within the 2018 closing, though he didn’t play on the match two years in the past.
The previous world primary got here into Sunday’s closing having gained 21 of twenty-two matches for the reason that begin of Wimbledon, which he gained for the seventh time in July to match Pete Sampras.
The Serb broke for a 3-1 lead as Rune served back-to-back double faults in what was his fourth successive closing, however first on the Masters stage.
Djokovic comfortably held out to pocket the opening set and regarded to have Rune on the ropes when he surged 40-0 forward on his opponent’s serve within the first sport of the second set.
However Rune battled again fantastically to thwart Djokovic after which swung the momentum in his favour by instantly breaking to go 2-0 up the next sport, which proved sufficient to drive a decider.
The 16-year age hole between the pair was the largest in a Masters closing since Rafael Nadal, then 19, defeated 35-year-old Andre Agassi in Montreal in 2005.
Rune’s inexperience resurfaced when he double-faulted making an attempt a giant second serve handy Djokovic a 3-1 edge, however the Dane confirmed his outstanding character to interrupt again immediately.
As a substitute it was Djokovic who cracked when the stress was highest, spearing a forehand broad to current Rune with the possibility to serve for the trophy.
Rune withstood six break factors in a marathon closing sport earlier than securing the title after two hours and 34 minutes to finish an unbelievable week within the French capital.
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