Rising Danish star Holger Rune admitted he was disappointed with losing his French Open quarterfinal but added overall it was a positive run for him. Rune, 19, claimed several upset wins at Roland Garros before falling short versus eighth-ranked Casper Ruud in the quarterfinal.
On Tuesday, Ruud overcame Rune in four sets 6-1 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-3. Even though Rune didn't make his maiden Grand Slam semifinal, there's still many positives for him to take from this year's French Open. En route to reaching the quarterfinal, Rune upset 2021 Wimbledon semifinalist Denis Shapovalov and fourth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“Obviously disappointed that I couldn’t do better today. But still I have to look at the two weeks — it was great,” Rune said, per the AP. “I mean, I played some good matches. A lot of positives to take”.
Rune gave Ruud a cold handshake
After a four-set battle, Rune decided to give fellow Scandinavian a cold hadnshake. During his press conference, Ruud was asked what prompted Rune to react in such a cold manner. Ruud then revealed he asked Rune during the match why he felt the need to check every single mark and that didn't sit well with the 19-year-old Dane.
“I told him, ‘What, do you need to check every mark?’ and he told me to be quiet. I asked him, ‘Maybe that’s not the greatest thing to tell your opponent to be quiet when I’m talking to you?’ And he said it once more.
So that was all that happened. And I didn’t exchange any more words with him after this,” Ruud said. “So that’s what he wants to say and behave? That’s up to him”. Meanwhile, Rune will now focus on preparing for the grass season. The clay season was a big positive for Rune, who won his maiden ATP title in Munich.