A sixth break point came and went for the world No 7 before Rune set up his second championship point and was finally able to close out the game after more than 17 minutes for the biggest win of his career to stun Djokovic and lift the Paris Masters title – his third trophy of the year.
Rune makes history as the first man to beat five top 10 players in a row during the same week at a tournament – not including the top eight ATP Finals, and he will now become a top 10 player himself when the rankings update on Monday, starting the season outside of the world’s top 100. The teenager will also be the first alternate for the ATP Finals in Turin, with the prestigious season-ending tournament starting in seven days.
It means Djokovic has now lost his first match at an official tournament in more than five months, with his last defeat also coming in Paris to Rafael Nadal at the French Open. Barring a defeat at the Laver Cup, the Serb had not lost since – helped in part by his ban from playing in North America as an unvaccinated traveller. He had also not lost a match at the Paris Masters since the 2018 final, winning the title in 2019 and 2021, and not playing in 2020.