Djokovic would have beat Rune in 5-set Paris final, says McEnroe's brother



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Djokovic would have beat Rune in 5-set Paris final, says McEnroe's brother

After Rune prevailed in front of Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters final, John McEnroe's brother Patrick suggested that the Serbian would have defeated Rune if the encounter would have had 5 sets. "Let’s be honest again.., If that match today was best of 5 sets… @DjokerNole loses 1-3 games in final 2 sets," Patrick McEnroe tweeted.

Yet, Patrick McEnroe didn't forget to credit the Danish youngster.

"Incredible week for Holger Rune in Paris, ends with win over Novak Djokovic in the final. Another great young talent coming strong," McEnroe tweeted.

Djokovic admitted Rune was the better player

When the press asked Djokovic whether his left thigh massage request meant he played injured in the final, Djokovic denied the supposition.

"I do not want to talk about that because I know you guys can take that as an excuse for my loss or something like that. Everything was fine physically. When you play day after day, it's normal to have some tightness here and there, but I was not injured.

I fought until the last moment, but it was not to be for me today," Novak Djokovic said. "What impressed me more was his fighting spirit and his composure. He had the week of his life, he deserved it. I had so many chances. There was some of these moments where matches chose a side.

He was brave and I was not active enough in these moments," Djokovic said, per Tennis Majors.

"Alcaraz and Rune are same in terms of physicality, they defend extremely well, Rune has a better backhand and Alcaraz has a better forehand.

It's not a huge difference. They are very complete for 19-y old players. Energy on the court. Impressive," Djokovic explained.

Related: Holger Rune reacts to stunning Novak Djokovic for Paris Masters title.