Rune Sets Up Anticipated Djokovic Rematch From Last Year's Final At Paris Masters

Rune Sets Up Anticipated Djokovic Rematch From Last Year's Final At Paris Masters

by Evita Mueller

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Holger Rune continued his 2023 Paris Masters run by beating Daniel Altmaier in two sets to book a spot in the quarter-finals.

Holger Rune finally started winning matches last week at the ATP 500 tournament in Basel, winning a couple of them. It came after he hired Boris Becker as his new coach, which might have something to do with it.

He was long overdue anyway, so maybe it was just that he was figuring things out. The Paris Masters is a very good place for him, and he proved it last year by beating everyone and winning the whole tournament.

He proved it once more against Dominic Thiem, easily outplaying him in two sets, and he once again backed it up today. Rune loves the conditions in Paris because he can be really aggressive and go to the net often.

That's how he won the event last year, and we're seeing it this year again. The match against Altmaier was interesting as the German played pretty attacking tennis to start the match.

He served well but didn't have the best control, committing nine unforced errors in the opening set. Rune was quite precise with his play, though, posting ten winners and only one unforced error. It was more than enough to win the opening set 6-3.

The second set opened well for both players. We didn't see any chances on either side, as both were quite dominant on serve. The first break points came on the serve of Altmaier, who was a bit better in this set, but Rune was also very good.

The Dane ultimately took the lead 5-3 and then cruised to the finish line. The final score was 6-3 6-3 for Rune, who finished with four aces and 20 winners.

He only had three unforced errors, and he'll need that level again as he's going to face Novak Djokovic next. He beat him in the final last year.


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