PARIS – Serbian star Novak Djokovic and promising Dane Holger Ronne exchanged praise after the 1,000-point Paris Berassi Tennis Masters final, Sunday, and the 19-year-old crowned the first title of his career in the Masters tournaments.
Djokovic said in statements after the meeting, which Ron decided by two sets to one, after losing the first set, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 after two hours and 33 minutes, that Ron is an integrated player, like the promising Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, ranked number one in the world, He plays a big card on the field.
In this regard, he said, “Ronne and Alcaraz are complementary players, and they play with great energy and vitality on the field.”
He continued, “They are also similar in physical strength, and they train with great strength, and they also defend very well, one (I mean Ron) is better in counter-kicks, and the other (Alcaraz) is distinguished by front-kicks.”
Despite losing the title, the 35-year-old expressed his satisfaction with the level he has presented in the season so far.
On the other hand, Ronh confirmed in his statements that the Serbian star is considered a “ideal” for him, and that he was watching him “on TV” when he was young.
He said in his statements after winning the first title in this category in his career, “You are one of my favorite players, I used to watch you on TV when I was young.”
The 19-year-old also addressed his assistant staff, and his mother, Aniki, who has never left him from the beginning.
Djokovic joined the list of the young player’s victims in the tournament after he knocked out five of the top 10 in the rankings on his way to the title, starting with Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz (10th), then Russian Andrei Rublev (ninth) and after him the world number one (Spanish Carlos Alcaraz). In the semi-finals, Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (eighth), and finally Djokovic (seventh).
Ronne continued his successful season by adding the third title, after the Stockholm and Munich championships.
The Danish player’s gains did not stop there, but he even secured tenth place in the world rankings, after he was in the 18th place. (Effie)
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