World No 6 Holger Rune was thrilled with the work done with Boris Becker and suggested that the former six-time Grand Slam champion perfectly understands him. When Rune was spotted with Becker on a practice court last week, the news quickly went viral.
Rune, 20, ended up having a week of practice with German tennis legend Becker. “It was a really good week of training. I have known Boris for a long time. He follows tennis a lot in general and he has written to me a few times.
Also when I was a little younger, he gave me some tips and tricks. There he showed that he supports me. You can feel it. That’s really a big difference. He can feel what I’m feeling. He can’t just say what he thinks I’m feeling, but he can feel it because he’s been in those situations himself.
So it’s a different sensation and feeling. It is definitely a good thing to have someone who has tried it himself," Rune told TV2 Sport.
Rune split with Patrick Mouratoglou, had a week of practice with Becker
After Alcaraz picked up a back injury at Wimbledon, he started mightily struggling with his game and form.
Following a US Open first-round loss to Roberto Carballes Baena - which was Rune's sixth consecutive defeat - the Dane split with coach Mouratoglou after nearly a year of working together. In late September, Rune finally ended his losing streak when he defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime in Beijing.
But just after ending his losing streak, Rune lost to Grigor Dimitrov in his next Beijing match and also lost his opener at the Shanghai Masters. After Shanghai, Rune called Becker and the two had a week of practice. This week, Rune returned to action at the Stockholm Open, where he was the defending champion.
Unfortunately for Rune, his Stockholm title defense ended very early. After a first-round bye in Stockholm, Rune suffered a straight-set defeat to Miomir Kecmanovic in his tournament opener.