World No 18 Holger Rune was absolutely thrilled with the performance he delivered against eighth-ranked Felix Auger-Aliassime at the Paris Masters.
In the Paris semifinal, Rune ousted Auger-Aliassime 6-4 6-2.
Auger-Aliassime entered the match seeking his 17th consecutive win and his 4th consecutive final.
But Rune had other plans as he ousted Auger-Aliassime for his first Masters final.
“It was an unbelievable match from my side today. I really was sticking to the game plan for the whole match and just taking every chance I got. Putting Felix under pressure, that’s what my game plan was all about, and I managed to do it almost perfectly. I am super proud how I handled everything,” Rune said after the match, per the ATP website.
How Rune defeated Auger-Aliassime?
Rune got off to a good start to the match, earning the first break in the third game for a 2-1 lead.
After breaking Auger-Aliassime early, Rune held on to his serve the rest of the first set to clinch the opener.
Up by a set, Rune made an outstanding start to the second set as he claimed back-to-back breaks to take a 4-0 lead.
After taking a very comfortable lead, Rune served out his way into the Paris final, where he will facing Novak Djokovic, who defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the other semifinal.
Rune has now reached the final in each of his last four tournaments.
Rune’s streak started in Sofia in early October, when he made the final before losing to Marc-Andrea Huesler.
After Sofia, Rune added coach Patrick Mouratoglou to his team for the rest of the season.
Then, Rune also made the finals in Stockholm, Basel and now Paris.
Rune made it all the way in Stockholm, while he ended runner-up in Sofia and Basel.
Now, Rune is set for his fourth final during this year’s indoor swing.
It remains to be seen if Rune can upset Djokovic and clinch his first Masters 1000 title in Paris.