Holger Rune made his
top 10 debut on Monday after his impressive run to the Paris Masters title. The 19-year-old became the first man to beat five top 10 players en route to a title outside of the top 8 ATP Finals and has now broken into the elite group of the rankings, but he won’t stay there. for long
Rune capped the best week of his young career by breaking into the top 10 after winning the biggest title of his young career at the Paris Masters. The three-time title winner stunned reigning champion Novak Djokovic in the final after winning 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the final set after a set and collapse.
It allowed the Dane to make his top 10 debut as World No. 10 after starting the season outside the world top 100. Along with his partner of 19 years and current World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, the pair are now the top two. teenagers to simultaneously occupy the top 10 in 15 years, with Djokovic and Andy Murray the last to do so in 2007.
But Rune looks set to drop out of the top 10 soon as he will drop points in a Challenger tournament he competed in last year and will not be able to compete and defend his points.
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First alternate Taylor Fritz was already drafted after World No. 1 Alcaraz was forced to end his season after tearing his abdomen in his quarter-final match against Rune at the Paris Masters. The US Open winner ended the match with Rune winning 6-3, 6-6 and announced the next day that he would be out for six weeks, preventing him from winning the ATP Finals and Davis Cup to play.
But even if Rune reaches the ATP Finals with another player withdrawn, he won’t get any points unless he wins a match, with each round-robin win bringing an additional 150 ranking points. “To all the players that I don’t play I wish them to be healthy, but at the same time it would be great if he could play,” he said after becoming the first substitute.