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

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

The duel between Holger Rune and Botic van de Zandschulp was under 20 minutes when the visibly nervous Dane continued to wildly slam his club to the ground.

The nerves were empty at first. In his first ATP final, he had just given up on his first two serving games and the game threatened to elude him early on.

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The fact that after just over three quarters of an hour he still dusted off the brand new BMW that was mandatory for the Munich winner (in addition to the prize pool), he had to thank the resignation for health reasons of his opponent on that occasion. in time.

When the score was 4: 3, the Dutchman foiled and gifted Rune his biggest career hit to date.

“It’s probably the dumbest way to win a final,” Rune said after his opponent’s submission. “Obviously I was expecting a very tough game 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: “One day number one”

The fact that Rune did not win the final purely athletically, but benefited from the resignation of van de Zandschulp, did not detract from the race for the title of the Dane, born in Gentofte, Munich.

Without losing a set, Rune, who received a wild card from tournament director Patrik Kühnen, first knocked out Jiri Lehecka (7: 6, 6: 3) and then current world number three, Alexander Zverev (6: 3 , 6: 2). . His first win against one of the top 10 players.

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

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“It sounds surreal. I didn’t expect to be in the final now,” he said after winning 6: 4, 6: 4 over Otte. “My big goal is to eventually become number one. It could be a start.”

Rune’s rapid rise was to be 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 full of potential and is one of the greatest talents on the scene.

In 2019 he climbed to the top of the junior world rankings, winning the junior French Open in the same year. Professional since 2020, he made his debut in Auckland in January 2020 at just 16 years old against Vasek Pospisil (5: 7, 1: 6).

Holger Rune – ATP Munich

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At 17 in March 2021 in Santiago, he became Denmark’s first quarter-final by Kristian Pless in Newport 2006 and the youngest quarter-final by Borna Coric (also 17) in Umag 2014.

At the beginning of 2022 he entered the top 100 and, after the triumph in Munich, is now in 45th place in the world. It shouldn’t be long before Rune regularly appears deep in the tournament trees.

US Open 2021: Rune’s big moment

The Dane was able to experience what the big stage feels like last year in the first round of the US Open. At that moment he faced Novak Djokovic in the largest tennis stadium in the world.

Pushed by around 25,000 tennis fans at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Rune even managed to win a set against the Serbian after an initial nervousness in the 1: 6, 7: 6, 2: 6, 1: 6 defeat. Not only Eurosport expert Boris Becker praised the young man and predicted a great future for him.

Novak Djokovic and Holger Rune at the 2021 US Open

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

“It’s always nice when you win a tournament to have next week off,” says Rune, who is not attending the Madrid Masters, in an interview with ATP. Instead, he can’t wait to visit 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 contest the dress rehearsal of Roland Garros a week later at the Masters in Rome. His triumph in Munich certainly doesn’t make him a secret favorite there, but it does show that Rune is not to be underestimated.

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

Experts are confident that the 19-year-old’s journey has just begun. Rune himself is aware of this: “I am excited about the future, which can only hold good things for me. I will continue to work hard and try to achieve more things.”

Thus began the hunt for his great goal of being number one in the world.

Good success.

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