Holger Rune gets landmark win
Danish teen tennis star Holger Rune has been steadily rising up the ATP World Rankings as of late, cracking the top 70 for the first time earlier this week.
But he can look forward to another significant leap in the ranking in the near future following the biggest win of his career yesterday afternoon.
Rune will be able to celebrate his 19th birthday in style tomorrow after dispatching Olympic champion and world number three Alexander Zverev in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 in front of the German’s home crowd at the ATP 250 tournament in Munich.
“It was a difficult match from the beginning. He’s in the top three in the world and has been playing some unbelievable tennis, especially in the past year winning so many big titles,” said Rune following the match.
“I have a lot of respect for him, and I obviously didn’t expect to win in two sets, and with a score like this. But it was a really hard match; we played a lot of rallies and I’m really happy about my performance today.”
It is the first time Rune has beaten a player ranked in the top 10.
Meanwhile, his opponent said after the game it was his worst defeat in years.
The win puts the Dane in the quarter-finals of the tournament, where he will face Emil Ruusuvuori, the Finnish world number 63.