Djokovic’s Thrilling Victory Over Rune Propels Him to Paris Masters Semi-finals

World number one, Novak Djokovic, managed to fend off Holger Rune, who had previously defeated Djokovic in last year’s final to secure his inaugural ATP Masters title.

Despite Djokovic missing a match point during the second set this time, he ultimately secured a hard-fought 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4 victory, leaving Rune’s position at the ATP Finals in uncertainty.

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Djokovic’s upcoming opponent for a spot in his ninth Paris Masters final will be Andrey Rublev, who overcame Australia’s Alex de Minaur in a challenging match, winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Rune had a chance to secure his berth for this month’s ATP Finals in Turin, an event featuring the world’s top eight players. However, the Danish player, currently ranked seventh globally, is still in contention to make his debut at this season-ending tournament.

On a different note, Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz faces potential exclusion from the showcase event in Italy after a hard-fought match that ended in a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 loss to Grigor Dimitrov.

This outcome hinders Hurkacz’s chances of breaking into the top eight. Dimitrov will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals on Saturday, following the Greek seventh seed’s convincing, straight-set victory against Russia’s Karen Khachanov.

Tsitsipas, who had already secured his spot in Turin on Thursday, maintained an impressive record in Paris by not dropping a set, culminating in his 300th career singles win with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph.

Dominic Spinley

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