A short week ago, these two met in the final in Basel for a coronation of Félix Auger-Aliassime in the Swiss tournament. Six days later, it was his then opponent, Holger Rune, who dominated their duel in the semi-finals at Bercy (6-4, 6-2) and ended the Canadian’s 16-game winning streak. . At 19, the Dane will play his first Masters 1000 final (he had never passed the second round in a tournament of this category) against Novak Djokovic or Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Launched into a marathon of victories and titles, “FAA” clearly lacked juice and accuracy in this 17th match played in just under four weeks. Responsiveness and precision were more in the opposite camp and it was seen very quickly in this match. On the first point, Rune sent an inspired winning return. He did not make the entry break but succeeded on the next face-off by an Auger-Aliassime author of several big faults.
Four straight wins against Top 10s
These errors punctuated the entire match of Frédéric Fontang’s protege, often a bit late on the ball and therefore imprecise in his shots. It was seen at the end of the set when he sent two forehands out of bounds to conclude it and at the beginning of the second when he redacted several forehands again to give the entry break to Rune. Ultra-offensive, the latter recited his score to the end, not worried about his services and sending powerful strikes that ripped murmurs of admiration from the stands of Bercy.
He too arrived in Paris in full swing with three finals disputed in the space of a few weeks for a title, in Stockholm. Going from 31st to 18th place in the world, he has just offered himself four Top 10 players in four days by knocking down Hubert Hurkacz, Andrey Rublev, world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and therefore Auger-Aliassime this Saturday. Since the ATP compiled this kind of stats (1990), he is the youngest to achieve this kind of track record.
And Sunday in the final, he will have the opportunity to afford the pass of five. If he succeeds, he will, in turn, join the Top 10.