Holger Rune wins the ATP tournament in Munich – Danish dynamite full steam ahead on the way to the world top

The final in Munich lasted only 47 minutes and still offered a lot.

The duel between Holger Rune and Botic van de Zandschulp was less than 20 minutes old when the visibly nervous Dane kept knocking his bat wildly into the ground.

The nerves were empty early. In his first ATP final, he had just given up his first two service fights, and the fight threatened early on to slip away from him.

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That after a little more than three quarters of an hour he still dusted off the brand new BMW, which was mandatory for the Munich winner (in addition to the prize money), he then had to thank the opponent’s health termination. point in time.

When the score was 4: 3, the Dutchman waved it off and gave Rune his biggest career success to date.

“It’s probably the dumbest way to win a final,” Rune said after the opponent’s pass. “Of course I expected a very tough match and he came out very strong. I wish him all the best and a speedy recovery. We all hope to see him back on the pitch very soon.”

Holger Rune: “A day number one”

That Rune did not win the final purely athletically, but benefited from van de Zandschulp’s resignation, did nothing for the way the Dane, who was born in Gentofte, hurried to the title in Munich.

Without losing a set, Rune, who was given a wild card by tournament director Patrik Kühnen, eliminated first Jiri Lehecka (7: 6, 6: 3) and then the current number three in the world, Alexander Zverev (6: 3, 6): 2 ). His first win against a top 10 player.

After victories over Emil Ruusuvuori (6: 0, 6: 2) and the other German hopeful Oscar Otte, the Dane was suddenly in the final. Since Kenneth Carlsen won the indoor tournament in Memphis in 2005, no Dane has reached a final on the ATP tour.

Holger Rune

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“It feels surreal. I did not expect to be in the final now,” he said after the 6: 4, 6: 4 victory over Eight. “My big goal is to eventually become number one. It can be a start.”

Rune’s rapid rise was expected

As surprising as the march through the Bavarian state capital may seem, it seems logical. Rune, who was evident from an early age, is bursting with potential and is one of the greatest talents on stage.

In 2019, he climbed to the top of the world junior rankings and won the junior French Open the same year. He has been a professional since 2020 and made his debut in Auckland in January 2020 at the age of just 16 against Vasek Pospisil (5: 7, 1: 6).

Holger Rune – ATP Munich

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As a 17-year-old, he became in March 2021 in Santiago Denmark’s first quarterfinalist since Kristian Pless in Newport 2006 and the youngest quarterfinalist since Borna Coric (also 17) in Umag 2014.

In the beginning of 2022 he entered the top 100 and after his triumph in Munich is now ranked as number 45 in the world. It did not take long before Rune regularly appeared deep in the tournament trees.

US Open 2021: Rune’s big moment

Last year, the Dane could experience how the big stage feels in the first round of the US Open. At that time, he met Novak Djokovic at the largest tennis stadium in the world.

Driven by about 25,000 tennis fans at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Rune even managed to win a set against the Serb after an initial nervousness in the 1: 6, 7: 6, 2: 6, 1: 6 defeat. Not only Eurosport expert Boris Becker was full of praise for the youngster and predicted a great future for him.

Novak Djokovic and Holger Rune at the US Open 2021

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After his Grand Slam debut in New York 2021 and the loss in the first round of the Australian Open against Kwon Soonwoo (6: 3, 4: 6, 6: 3, 3: 6, 2: 6), Rune is now looking forward to the French Open in Paris – and even has some time to celebrate its premiere title.

“It’s always nice when you win a tournament to have time off next week,” said Rune, who does not participate in the Masters in Madrid, in an interview with ATP. Instead, he is very much looking forward to visiting his family: “They are the ones who are always with me, and I really appreciate that.”

French Open 2022: dress rehearsal in Rome

Rune will then compete for the dress rehearsal for Roland Garros a week later at the Masters in Rome. His triumph in Munich certainly does not make him a secret favorite there, but shows that Rune is to be reckoned with.

“My number one goal for this year was to win my first ATP 250 title,” Rune said. That it happened in Munich in early May makes him “super happy”.

The experts are sure that the journey has only just begun for the 19-year-old. Rune himself is aware of this: “I am excited about the future, which can only have good things in store for me. I want to keep working hard and just try to achieve more things.”

So the hunt for his great goal of becoming number one in the world has begun.

Good luck.

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