Teenager Holger Rune shocked Novak Djokovic within the ultimate of the Paris Masters on Sunday, profitable 3-6 6-3 7-5 in opposition to the 21-time grand slam champion.
The 19-year-old Rune, enjoying in his first Masters 1000 ultimate, misplaced the primary set and got here from a break down within the second to degree the match.
He then needed to maintain his nerve within the decider, breaking for a 6-5 lead earlier than saving six breaks factors to take the most important title of his profession.
The victory makes Rune the youngest champion in Paris since Boris Becker in 1986 and sees him enter the highest 10 of the world rankings for the primary time.
“I want to start by saying huge congrats to Novak also,” he mentioned to Djokovic, who’s 16 years his senior, in his post-match interview.
“You’re one of my favourite players, I’ve been watching you since I was a little kid, practicing with you. It’s a pleasure to be able to share the court with you now.”
Scorching on the heels of 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz’s maiden grand slam title on the US Open in September, Rune now seems set to hitch the Spaniard as one other of the sport’s rising stars.
Djokovic had mentioned forward of Sunday’s ultimate how Rune “reminds me of myself,” and within the ultimate the Dane duly needed to channel the psychological toughness and never-say-die perspective that has characterised a lot of Djokovic’s profession.
The victory capped off an excellent week for Rune, having defeated 5 top-10 gamers over the course of the match, whereas additionally saving match factors in opposition to Stan Wawrinka within the first spherical.
When he gained an epic, 16-minute sport to finish the victory in opposition to Djokovic, Rune lay on the ground and coated his fingers over his face in disbelief.
“If you told me four weeks ago, I would be in the top 10 … I would be like: ‘What, sorry?’” he mentioned. “Now I’m here and I’m super proud.”