After abandoning Alcaraz, Rune advances to the semifinals of the Paris Masters

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  • After abandoning Alcaraz, Rune advances to the semi-finals of the Paris Masters

    The Dane Holger Rune celebrates after winning one point against the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, in his quarterfinal match of the Paris Masters, at the Parisian Accor Arena.

Carlos Alcaraz, first in the ranking was forced to withdraw due to illnesses from his match against Danish Holger Rune in the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters on Friday.

In a match between 19-year-old former junior doubles partners, Rune was leading 6-3, 6-6, 3-1 in the second-set tiebreak when US Open champion Alcaraz retired. minutes after receiving treatment on an abdominal muscle.

“ that was a great match. Bad luck for him,” Rune said. “We both played very well and I was super focused. It was an incredible crowd, incredible tennis, as well. that I am very satisfied with the way I handled it. everything”.

Rune, who raised Both of his career titles this year, he advances to his first semifinals at the Masters level. will face eighth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime, who beat 6-1, 6-4 over 16th-seeded Frances Tiafoe to stay on track for a fourth straight title. The Canadian had eight aces and did not face break points break points in beating the American.

On Friday night, six-time champion Novak Djokovic takes on Italy's Lorenzo Musetti, while fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on Tommy Paul, who eliminated Rafael Nadal in the second round.

Djokovic, who has titles in Israel and Kazakhstan this season, is going after his 39th Masters title – which would extend the ré cord.

Musetti caused some damage. He gave Djokovic trouble in the fourth round of the French Open last year, winning by straight sets before retiring in the fifth.

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