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Djokovic, Rune Clash in Paris Masters Final; Garcia Gains WTA Finals Semis Spot

Novak Djokovic and Holger Rune will meet in the final of the ATP Paris Masters tournament after outclassing their respective foes in the semifinals on Saturday. Djokovic squeezed past Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets while Rune beat Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets. Novak Djokovic and Rune met once in the first round of the 2021 US Open and the Serbian won in four sets. Djokovic on Sunday will attempt to gain his seventh Paris crown and 39th Masters victory of his career. On the other  hand, Rune seeks to win his first Paris and third ATP title of the year. Online tennis picks and parlays favor Djokovic to win the Paris Masters while Rune will be the underdog.

Paris Masters Final: Djokovic Tops Tsitsipas

The 35-year-old Serbian former world number one needed a third-set tiebreak to defeat world number five Tsitsipas, 6-2 3-6 7-6(7/4). It was Djokovic’s eighth-straight victory over the Greek netter. He also extended his winning streak to 13 matches. Djokovic had the opportunity to take control of the third set at 4-4 when he had two break points. Unfortunately, the Serb failed to capitalize and Tsitsipas forced a tiebreak. Djokovic surged in the tiebreak, winning the last four points and qualified for the final. The loss spoiled Tsitsipas’ chance to claim the world number one rank from Carlos Alcarez. The Greek, however, will have another chance to end the year as the top seed if he wins the ATP Finals.

Holger Rune Avenges Loss to Auger-Aliassime

In the other semifinal, Holger Rune defeated Auger-Aliassime in straight sets, 6-4 6-2, to secure his fourth straight final. The Dane avenged his loss to Auger-Aliassime to gain a final showdown with Djokovic. The Danish French Open quarter finalist collected his fourth consecutive win against a Top 10 player while ending the Canadian netter’s 16-match winning run. Rune broke the eighth seed in the third game of the opening set. He also broke Auger-Aliassime twice in the second set to secure a chance to meet Djokovic. The Dane began his run to the Paris Masters final by beating three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the first round. He then took down Hubert Hurkacz followed by Andrey Rublev before seeing off Alcaraz as the world number one retired with injury while trailing by a set.

Garcia Secures Last WTA Finals Semis Spot

Caroline Garcia came from a set down to beat Daria Kasatkina, 4-6 6-1 7-6(7/5) in the WTA Finals on Saturday. The Frenchwoman grabbed the last semi final slot in the season-ending event. The sixth-ranked Garcia became the first women’s singles campaigner in 30 matches to defeat Kasatkina after losing the first set this season. 

The ninth-game of the third set brought excitement in the match with both netters endured a nine-deuce game before Kasatkina held serve for a 5-4 lead. However, Kasatkina could not sustain the momentum and lost the match. She lost it when she put a volley into the net on Garcia’s second match point. Both tennis stars played the winner-take-all match. After both lost to top-ranked Iga Swiatek and beat American Coco Gauff in group play. 

Swiatek will meet Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinal and Garcia arranged a meeting with fifth-ranked Maria Sakkari in the last four on Sunday at the Dickies Arena. The final is slated on Monday. Garcia will bring excitement in the final four clash that is already star-studded with Swiatek, Sabalenka and Sakkari competing for the title, according to sports punters who bet on tennis.