2019 French Open boys' singles champion Holger Rune absolutely enjoyed playing against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the US Open. Rising Danish star Rune performed extremely well in the biggest match of his career as he managed to win a set against 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic.
Unfortunately for the Dane, he started being hampered by cramps in the second part of the match as Djokovic claimed a 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-2 6-1. "It was a crazy experience, playing with Novak on Arthur Ashe, one of my dreams came true.
It's also great that I won one set. I believed in myself throughout the match. He easily won the first set, but I think the level of the game was high on both sides," Rune said after the match, as quoted on Sport Klub.
Rune couldn't keep the same level of play
After winning a tight second set, Rune ran out of gas as Djokovic dropped a total of three games in the next two sets. "Unfortunately, my physical condition let me down.
My cramps started at the beginning of the third set, and I knew I had to fight for every point in order to have a chance to win. With such a body state, it was impossible," Rune admitted. The crowd stood behind Rune and was giving the Dane support throughout the whole match.
"I have never felt anything like it. An amazing feeling. I tried to give the crowd something, to fight for every point, to be pumped and all that. It was really spectacular," Rune noted. Rune was also asked to explain what makes Djokovic so great.
"I think he (Djokovic) is incredibly consistent, he never gives you anything. You have to really win every point by yourself,” Rune explained. “Especially behind your serve, you know you have to really put every first serve [in].
Otherwise, he’s stepping in on the baseline and really putting you under pressure and that’s just a huge pressure, you know. “You really want to hold your serve, because, you know, if he hits his spot – it’s tough to break him.
And you know, he’s just a tough player to play. “But I mean I was like – I’m not saying if I was physically 100% I would beat him for sure – but I would definitely have a chance”.