When Holger Rune started his 2022 season, he was No. 103 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings and wanted to enter qualifying at his first event of the 12 months. The Danish teen is not going to want to fret about doing that once more any time quickly.
By defeating Novak Djokovic within the Rolex Paris Masters remaining on Sunday, Rune assured he would crack the High 10 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings for the primary time on Monday at World No. 10. Rune is the primary man from Denmark to perform the feat.
Solely two energetic gamers broke into the High 10 at a youthful age than the 19-year-old — Rafael Nadal (18) and Carlos Alcaraz (18). Rune did so sooner than a laundry record of present and former superstars, together with Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Marat Safin and Juan Carlos Ferrero.
“I did not count on that in any respect 4 or 5 weeks in the past however now I am right here,” mentioned Rune, who would be the first alternate on the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.. “I am tremendous blissful how I formally ended my season, and if there probably is extra matches, I am simply tremendous excited for it. Proper now I simply cannot wait to get some sleep, get some meals, simply loosen up completely.”
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This time final 12 months, Rune and Carlos Alcaraz have been competing within the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals. Now Rune is within the High 10 and Alcaraz is well-positioned to complete year-end World No. 1. That is the primary time two youngsters have been ranked contained in the High 10 in greater than 15 years. Djokovic and Murray have been teenagers within the elite group on 14 Might 2007.
Rune has been in particularly imperious type of late, successful 19 of his previous 21 matches. He reached the ultimate in Sofia, lifted the trophy in Stockholm, made one other championship match in Basel and earned one of the best results of his profession in Paris, the place he turned the youngest champion since 18-year-old Boris Becker in 1986.
Rune has been clear since breaking onto the ATP Tour that he desires to be the No. 1 participant on the earth. Whereas in Paris the Dane turned the primary participant on file (since 1973) to defeat 5 High 10 opponents at a event exterior of the Nitto ATP Finals, this may solely make him hungry for extra.
Based on one among Rune’s coaches, Patrick Mouratoglou, the 19-year-old nonetheless has locations he can enhance his sport.
“Now we have to be very clear on this. He can progress. He can enhance far more. There are parts the place he can really enhance very a lot,” Mouratoglou mentioned. “We’re reaching the tip of the season. We’ll work on that. It is not likely that there’s a hazard, however there’s numerous work to offer. He is High 10. It isn’t his ambition. It is great, but it surely’s not his ambition.
“I do not know [if] we’ve seen really his high tennis. It is larger than earlier than, however we’ve to improve his common tennis play and to guarantee that his regular common play is as glorious as we’ve seen to this point.”
Rune will shortly return to work to do exactly that. However for now, he’ll soak within the fruits of his memorable efficiency in Paris.
“It was very emotional after the match. It is most likely one of the best feeling of my life, of my entire profession,” Rune mentioned. “It is sort of a small dream come true, although I’ve larger goals.”
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