WATCH: Holger Rune calls the Paris crowd the ‘BEST’ hours after Novak Djokovic was mercilessly booed

Holger Rune marked the Paris Masters as the best ambience as he poses a huge threat on his quarter-final clash against Novak Djokovic.


WATCH: Holger Rune calls the Paris crowd the ‘BEST’ hours after Novak Djokovic was mercilessly booed

Novak Djokovic(left) and Holger Rune(right). (credits: Eurosport, L'Equipe)

Danish tennis superstar Holger Rune always manages to bring his best form whenever he is at the Paris Masters. With the tournament playing a very pivotal on deciding the final lot of stars who will make it to the ATP Finals, Rune desperately hopes to make it to the finals at least which will guarantee him a place at the year-end tournament.

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The young star has already managed to stack up crucial straight sets victories over Dominic Thiem and Daniel Altmaier in his first two matches with scorelines of 6-4, 6-2, and 6-3, 6-3 respectively. But things are just starting to get messier up from here as he takes on Novak Djokovic for a chance to move into the semis.

This is set to be a rematch of last year’s final when Rune had the last laugh picking up his first-ever ATP 1000 Masters title by beating the Serb. Rune has talked about the atmosphere of the tournament marking it as the ‘best crowd’. “You know I have been to a lot of places as part of my career. But for me, Paris is the best crowd. It’s the most encouraging.”

On the other hand, Djokovic had been intensely booed by the entire stadium hours before Rune won his tie. Nole had been suffering badly from stomach pain and despite that, he went on to knock off Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor by a scoreline of 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. Neither did the illness nor the boos and abuses of fans pay any effect on the World No. 1 for his conquest to glory.  

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Novak Djokovic’s take on his difficult time on the court last night:

In a match where everyone would have expected the top seed to have easily overcome his opponent, Novak just barely walked out of the match with the win due to his fight with stomach illness. Novak set up a quarter-final clash with young Holger Rune but had a lot to talk about after his hard-fought win over Tallon Griekspoor last night.

Novak Djokovic and Holger Rune with their respective Paris Masters trophies. (credits: Eurosport)

After the match, he said, “I started off well but I ran out of steam. I’ve been struggling the last couple of days with my stomach and I just didn’t feel myself at all. It’s hard to have a clear mind when you spent more time on the toilet than on court the last three days.”

This will be the fourth encounter between Nole and Rune and having lost against him in the last two meetings, Djokovic would be desperate to bring his best game to the court on Friday.

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