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

Tras abandono de Alcaraz, Rune avanza a semifinales de Masters de París

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 meeting 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 withdrew minutes after undergoing treatment for an abdominal muscle.

“I thought it was a great match. Bad luck for him,” Rune said. “We both played very well and I was super focused. It was an amazing crowd, amazing tennis, so I’m very pleased with the way I handled everything.”

Rune, who lifted both of his career titles this year, advances to his first semi-finals at the Masters level. He will face eighth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime, who beat 16th-seeded Frances Tiafoe 6-1, 6-4 to stay on course for a fourth straight title. The Canadian had eight aces and faced no 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 record.

Musetti caused 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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