No one had any doubts that he was a player on the rise, who already in 2022 could achieve important first results and a gratifying position in the world ATP ranking. Holger Rune still wanted to prove the high expectations placed in him, winning his first match against a top 5 in the ranking: in Munich, in fact, the Dane took away the satisfaction of beating number 3 Sascha Zverev with a clear score of 6 -3 6-2.
A proof of great solidity and constancy shown by the 18-year-old, who thus broke the pass for the quarter-finals of the German tournament. The Copenhagen native, currently 70th in the ranking and with a great future behind him as a professional tennis player, achieved a beautiful goal even before the Italian Jannik Sinner.
Like Carlos Alcaraz, Rune can already boast of having beaten even a player in the top 3 in his career, unlike the South Tyrolean: despite 11 matches played with the athletes who have occupied the top five positions in the ranking in recent years, the native of San Candido has never managed to accomplish the feat and conquer the first very heavy victory (only touched at the Nitto Atp Finals with the Russian Daniil Medvedev and recently in Monte Carlo with Zverev, victorious at the tie-break of the decisive third set).
The Dane recounted in the interview on the pitch the success achieved against the German: "It was a difficult game from the beginning. He is among the top three in the world and has played incredible tennis, especially in the last year, winning many titles.
important. I have a lot of respect for him and obviously I didn't expect to win in two sets and with such a score. It was a really difficult game, we played a lot of rallies and I'm really happy with my performance," he commented.
Then he added and concluded: "I love this tournament. It's a bit high, the conditions are similar to Denmark, so I'm really happy to be here. I liked the audience. Obviously it was tough, especially the first set when we got there.
played many long exchanges. It was really exhausting, but I tried to give the spectators a great match, because Zverev is an incredible player. Thank you so much for your support."