Djokovic edges past Tsitsipas to set up Paris Masters showdown with Rune

AP - Michel Euler

Defending champion Novak Djokovic moved into an eighth final at the Paris Masters on Saturday night following a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 defeat of fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The 35-year-old Serb, who is seeking a record-extending seventh title at the tournament, concluded affairs on centre court at the Accor Arena in Bercy after two hours and 19 minutes and will take on Holger Rune in Sunday's final

The 19-year-old Dane took out the eighth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-2 to reach his first final at one of the circuit's nine Masters 1000 events – the most prized tournaments after the four Grand Slam competitions in Melbourne, Paris, London and New New York.

Rune lost to Auger-Aliassime last Sunday in the final at the Swiss Indoors in Basel.

Revenge

Before the clash in Paris, Rune said the defeat had shown him what he needed to do for the semi-final.

"I was trying to make more returns," he added after the 89-minute win.

"I hit the ball really cleanly today, so that was a key because I could place the ball well, put him under pressure and take time away from him.

"My mindset was good in that I was willing to do it all the time no matter how the score went or what happened.

"I was just super focused playing on the game plan from the start to the end, and that's what I did."

Djokovic has won a record 38 Masters titles in his storied career. And he appeared to be cruising to another final at the outset of his semi-final against Tsitsipas.

Experience


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