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Holger Rune wins final revenge from Basel

The 19-year-old Dane, who had to fend off three match points against Stan Wawrinka in the first round (4:6, 7:5, 7:6) and then did not drop a set, is in the final of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time. After he had no chance against Auger-Aliassime in Basel, Holger Rune constantly controlled the semi-final against the Canadian in Paris. In the first set, Rune managed the first break to make it 2-1; in the second round he immediately pulled away to 4:0.

Like Felix Auger-Aliassime, Holger Rune has had an impressive series in recent weeks. While the Canadian won three tournaments in a row in Florence, Antwerp and Basel, Rune reached the final in Sofia (loss against Marc-Andrea Hüsler), won the tournament in Stockholm, was in the final again in Basel and is contesting the fourth final in a row on Sunday.

Henrik Rune’s march through was not easy: After the opening game against Wawrinka, he defeated four top 10 players in a row with Hubert Hurkacz, Andrej Rublew, Carlos Alcaraz and Auger-Aliassime. In the final, however, the ultimate test follows: Rune he meets Novak Djokovic.

“Mister Bercy” Djokovic

Djokovic has not lost a tournament game since Roland-Garros. He won Wimbledon and most recently indoors in Tel Aviv and Astana. Only at the Laver Cup did he lose a single (against Felix Auger-Aliassime). Also, Novak Djokovic is something like “Monsieur Bercy”. He has already won the major event in the French metropolis six times; he has been unbeaten at Bercy for three years.

In the semifinals against Stefanos Tsitsipas, this winning streak was threatened. Tsitsipas made it to the tie-break of the third set, in which he also led 4: 3 with a mini-break. Djokovic won the last four rallies.

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