Djokovic received his eighth straight match in opposition to Tsitsipas however wanted greater than two hours to seal a 6-2 3-6 7-6(4) victory, holding alive a 13-match unbeaten run in addition to his hopes of clinching a seventh title in Paris.
The Serbian made a blistering begin to the competition and was nearly faultless as he took the opening set in 31 minutes however dropped a set for the primary time this week after Tsitsipas rallied beautifully within the second to power the decider.
The momentum shifted once more within the third set with Djokovic imperious on serve, however he went a mini-break down within the tiebreak earlier than successful the ultimate 4 factors of the match.
“It is very candy, clearly, if you win matches like this in opposition to probably the greatest gamers on this planet,” stated Djokovic, who struck 11 aces and received 84% of his first-serve factors.
“Deservedly so, each of us went into an excellent battle all the best way till the final level, till the final shot. Some unimaginable factors in the direction of the tip. I am simply actually glad to beat this problem.”
In a battle between two of the Tour’s most in-form gamers, world quantity 18 Rune convincingly ended eighth seed Auger-Aliassime’s 16-match successful run in a 6-4 6-2 victory and earned his fourth top-10 scalp in as many days.
Each gamers had been competing for a spot of their fourth straight last however Canadian Auger-Aliassime, who received ATP titles in Florence, Antwerp and Basel, couldn’t match Rune’s depth and struggled to achieve the extent he had proven throughout his unbeaten run.
Danish teenager Rune received 86% of his first-serve factors and didn’t face a break level in a complete 88-minute win.
“It was an unbelievable match from my facet as we speak,” Rune stated. “I actually was sticking to the sport plan for the entire match and simply taking each likelihood I bought.
“Placing Felix underneath stress, that is what my sport plan was all about, and I managed to do it nearly completely. I’m tremendous proud (of) how I dealt with all the pieces.”