Quite shocking conclusion of a sensational week! Rune  entered the event playing third consecutive week (won Stockholm, runner-up in Basel), so if he had lost his opening match to a 3-time GS champion Wawrinka, noone could have been surprised. # The 19-year-old Dane somehow won it saving match points in two different sets which is rarity, and defeated five Top 10ers in a row afterwards. Djokovic  was the icing on the cake – the 6-time champion of Paris-Bercy. Rune began the final being nervous, he played poorly between 1-all and 1:4, since then he was delivering tennis which allowed him a jump from Top 40 to Top 10 after the US Open. He trailed 0/40 on serve in the opening game of the 2nd set. Serving at 4:5 in the decider (cutting a 1:3*, 0/30 deficit) he was three points away from defeat. The last game of the final was the longest – Rune fought off six break points and won the 7-deuce game on his second match point as the Serb netted his half-volley. “It was very emotional after the match. It’s probably the best feeling of my life, of my whole career,” he said. “It’s kind of a small dream come true, even though I have bigger dreams. It’s a really good step on the way to be able to play these kind of matches against one of the greatest players like Novak. To be able to win that last game was the biggest relief of my life. My stress level was very high, so I’m super happy to come through.” Stefan Edberg, a fellow Scandinavian player, awarded Rune the trophy. It seems Rune would be the best Scandinavian player since Edberg, who finished his career in 1996. The progress of the Danish teenager is staggering, three years ago he was around no. 1000 in the world.
Rune’s route to his 3rd title:
1 Stan Wawrinka 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(3) – 3 m.p. [2, 1]
2 Hubert Hurkacz 7-5, 6-1
3 Andrey Rublev 6-4, 7-5
Q Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 6-6 ret.
S Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-2
W Novak Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
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