Novak Djokovic: 'It's quite impressive'

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Novak Djokovic: 'It's quite impressive'

Novak Djokovic had his double 13-fight win streak snapped by Holger Rune in Sunday's Rolex Paris Masters final. However, he leaves the ATP Masters 1000 event full of confidence ahead of the Nitto ATP Finals. The Serb had recorded 13 wins in a row both overall and at Bercy, where he won the 2019 and 2021 titles.

Djokovic gave Rune full credit for the upset victory, providing a glowing assessment of both the Dane's level and his own. “Of course I am disappointed with today's loss, but I was very close. It was very few points that decided a winner”, he reflected.

“But the level of tennis I am playing is high and I like my chances [in Turin]. Of course, every match is like a final there. There are no easy games." While the Serb lamented his missed chances in the final, where he was seeking a record-extending seventh Paris title, he spent more time discussing the excellence of his 19-year-old opponent.

"He stayed calm mentally as well until the last shot," Djokovic said of Rune. “For someone who is so young to show this composure and maturity in a big match like this is very impressive. He's had the week of his life, I mean, winning against five Top 10 players…that's pretty impressive”.

Now poised to break into the Top 10, Rune will join his teammate Carlos Alcaraz, 19 and at No.1 in the world, in that elite group. Djokovic, who has faced both players this season, shared his point of view on his games. “They are similar in physical terms,” he said.

“I think they are both really fit. They train very hard. They are very dedicated guys. They both defend extremely well. Rune has a better backhand. Alcaraz has a better forehand. But they're both improving those shots that are maybe not as good as maybe other shots."

Nole lost the final in Bercy

Novak Djokovic heaped praise on World No.

1 Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune, calling both teenagers "complete players" for their age. "Rune has better backhand. Alcaraz has better forehand. But they are both improving on those shots that maybe are not as good as maybe other shot.

But they, you know, when I say, you know, is "not as good," meaning it's not huge difference. I mean, they have great shots. I mean, great forehand from Rune or great backhand from Alcaraz," Novak Djokovic said. "They are very complete players for 19-year-olds.

It's quite impressive. Also their energy on the court, just wanting, motivating themselves and wanting to do well and staying mentally present, it's impressive," he added.