Holger Rune heads into the Australian Open because the final man to beat favorite Novak Djokovic and the Danish teenager is able to take the struggle to the established order on the yr’s first Grand Slam, which begins on Monday.
The 19-year-old received three titles in 2022 together with his first ATP Masters 1000 crown in Paris in November, the place he beat 21-times main champion Djokovic within the closing after getting previous 4 different top-10 gamers alongside the best way.
“It was a crazy match,” Rune, who has surged up the world rankings to tenth spot, informed reporters.
“Before it, I was super nervous. It was my biggest final and to play against Novak, who is so experienced, was super tough but I took the challenge and I gave it all I had.
“Winning gave me a huge confidence boost. Winning against him and in a final was even bigger, so it was a great tournament and probably one of the best matches of my career.”
Ninth seed Rune is properly conscious of the added expectations positioned on him now however says he’s wanting ahead to the problem of loosening the previous guard’s grip on the Grand Slams.
“I’ve honestly been dealing with it all my life,” Rune mentioned. “Playing juniors, I was number one at the Under-14, 16 and 18 (levels) so I’m used to playing as the one who has to win.
“It’s obviously different now, playing the big guys on the big stage but I’m excited about it because all my life I’ve been dreaming to be at this moment where I am now and even go further, so my job isn’t finished.
“I still have a lot I want to achieve and I’m super excited to go for it.”
Rune begins his marketing campaign towards Serb Filip Krajinovic and has a possible third-round conflict with Australian Nick Kyrgios, who is thought to whip up the house crowd and heap stress on his opponents.
“I’ll take the fight, for sure. I’m not afraid,” Rune mentioned. “I’m just going to go out there and play my tennis but now it’s just the first match I have to focus on.
“But it’s nice, it’s good for the sport that we have a guy like Nick who can cheer the crowd like he does and I like to do that as well, so I don’t mind him doing that.
“It’s fun, it’s better to play in a full stadium that’s loud than in front of nobody, so I see it as a positive.”