Sunday, December 10, 2023

Djokovic gives an exhibition to eliminate Rune in Paris

The Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic defeated the Danish Holger Rune (7-5, 6-7(3), 6-4) this Friday to reach the semi-final round in the tennis tournament. Paris-Bercy, last Masters 1,000 of the season, revenge for the final that he lost last year with his young rival.

The world number one is getting serious in the French capital, his return to action since winning the US Open two months ago. Even though Rune sold his skin dearly, the champion of 24 ‘Grand Slams’ He once again prevented the uprising of the new generations, as he tried to do with Carlos Alcaraz.

The Serbian, in the fight with the Spaniard to finish the year at the top of the ranking, was better in the important moments that decided the move to the semi-finals, where he will face the Australian Alex de Minaur or Russian Andrey Rublev. The first set was a no-holds-barred exchange between the two, until Rune accelerated and ended up giving up his serve and the set at 7-5.

The six-time champion in Paris-Bercy raised the level when he smelled blood, but in the second set, Rune saved a match point and forced the third set in the tie-break. ‘Nole’ calmed things down, after protesting to the chair umpire because Rune asked for a review quite late, and got his tennis back on time.

The wear and tear took its toll on the Dane at the beginning of the third act, a bad start that cost him dearly. Djokovic achieved the early break with which he took victory, holding on to Rune’s tail, well directed on the wing by Boris Becker, formerly of the world number one’s team.

The 20-year-old Dane dedicated “you are incredible” online to Djokovic, who at 36 years old wants to continue dominating the circuit. His victory qualifies the German Alexander Zverev for the ATP Finals, after the defeat of the Polish Hubert Hurkacz in Paris-Bercy against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who will play the other semifinal this Saturday against the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.


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