Up-and-coming Danish tennis player Holger Rune has said that his goal is to become World No. 1 one day and that he is inspired by Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Rune, 18, enjoyed a successful youth career, having won the men's singles title at the 2019 French Open and achieved the No.1 ranking.
Rune has had a good season, having achieved four Challenger finals and two ATP quarter-finals this year. “My dream is not to be in the top 20, but to be the best player in the world like Rafa, Roger and Novak, to win many Grand Slams and to do the best I can.
I think I have great potential, I have a great team that helps me and I trust and I think that is one of the most important things. It's a long road, but I'm ready to walk," Rune said, according to We Love Tennis.
In the first round of the US Open, Rune won a set against world No. 1 Djokovic and the Serbian won 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-1. "Yeah, it was great," Rune said after the game. "I mean, I never felt anything like this.
It was amazing the feeling of being there. I tried to give the crowd something, fight for every point, cheer for myself and everything. I mean, the crowd was amazing. I mean, I couldn't have asked for more. I have never tried anything like this.
It was a pretty sick feeling." Rune was in awe of Djokovic's consistency during his match. "I think it's incredibly consistent," Rune said.
Nole had an extraordinary 2021 season
Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently talked about the mental attributes of Novak Djokovic, explaining how the Serb is similar to him in some respects.
"First of all he’s (Novak Djokovic) a Balkan head: when you explode you do well, when you get angry you do the best you can," Ibrahimovic said. "You are more focused, more careful. When Nole plays and gets angry he brings out his best, and that’s how I feel alive."
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, on his part, believes that Novak Djokovic would be greatly disappointed to have narrowly fallen short of the Calendar Slam, especially after playing lights out all year. "The crisis in New York? It is never easy to digest such a disappointment," Ibrahimovic said.
"Nole played great and won all year. Then at the final step he missed something. It happens, it happens. But what Nole did remains incredible, unbelievable," he added. "And he must think so. I have not seen others do the same thing: he came close to the goal, like no one, but then it is true that the others are strong too, not just him."