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Rune Captures Paris Masters – The Boy Becomes a Man

To say that this has been the three weeks of Holger Rune’s life would probably be the understatement of the century. Personally, I believe he is one of the most exciting prospects in the men’s game at the moment. And I can see a blossoming rivalry between Rune and Alcaraz already – two teenagers who are both top 10 players right now. Of course, Alcaraz still holds the world’s number one ranking, but Rune will no doubt have this on his mind after winning in Paris this week.

But before I get to that, let’s take a quick glance back at the previous three weeks for Holger Rune. Starting on October 17th, Rune blew through some top players to his second ATP career title in Stockholm. He beat Tsitsipas in straight sets in the final, which was pretty amazing to see. Many thought this might be a flash in the pan, but the very next week he made the final at the ATP 500 event in Basel. He lost a tight match there to Felix Auger-Aliassime, who has also been in the form of his life of late.

Holger Rune Paris Masters

And of course, this brings us to last week. Rune went into the Paris Masters as a guy who was technically in good form, yes. But let’s be honest, not many pundits would have picked him to win the tournament. Rune also saved three match points in his opening round against Wawrinka, so it seemed only natural that his run of form was about to end. However, Rune had other ideas and he obviously went on to win his third ATP title – his first ATP 1000 title. 

Below, I will get more specific on his achievement last week.

ATP Paris Masters – Holger Rune Takes the Glory

I’ve given you enough of an overview of Rune’s recent performances above. So with that taken care of, you no doubt want to read about his run in Paris last week. Here we go:

His Road to Victory

Believe it or not, Rune was unseeded at the Paris Masters. He went into the event as the 18th-best player in the world, yet this was about to change. In his opener, he fought off match points against the veteran, Stan Wawrinka. This set in motion a truly unreal run through the draw. He took down Hurkacz (10th seed) in the next round in straight sets. This was backed up with a straight sets win over Rublev (7th seed), then he was leading against Alcaraz (1st seed) before the Spaniard retired.

Heading into the semis, Rune then dispatched Auger-Aliassime (8th seed) in straights before producing the win of his life to beat Novak Djokovic (6th seed) in the final. 

The Impact on His Ranking

Not only has Rune now cemented himself as one of the world’s best players by winning his first Masters title, but his ranking has been updated to reflect this too. By winning 1000 points in Paris yesterday, Rune has officially entered the top 10. He jumped from 18 in the rankings to number 10 when the ATP rankings were updated today. And for me, I feel that the sky’s the limit for this young man.

About the author

Gavin Davison

Gavin is a full-time copywriter based in the United Kingdom. He has previously played NCAA college tennis in the USA and competed in many international events throughout his younger days. He still plays competitively and follows both the ATP & WTA Tours closely. His favourite player is Roger Federer.