It has been a month and a half since he faced Novak Djokovic in the first round of the US Open, and Holger Rune still remembers that commitment with a smile. The young Norwegian tennis player, 18 years old and current number 124 in the world, recalled the sensations with which he was left after his defeat in four sets (1-6, 7-6, 2-6 and 1-6) against him.
winner of 20 Grand Slams. "It was one of the best things I have done as a tennis player. I have never felt anything like that. It was an incredible feeling to be in an entire center court of the US Open facing the best player in the world.
I tried to give it my all and for the audience to enjoy a nice show. I fought every point, I did not stop cheering for the stands to get fully into the game. It was an incredible feeling. Couldn't have asked for more than it really was.
He was almost sickly," Rune valued in statements taken up by‘ Break Point. ’On what surprised him about the game Novak Djokovic played, he indicated: “He is one of the best players in the history of tennis.
It is incredibly consistent. He never gives you anything. You really have to win all the points for yourself because he has hardly any margin for error. Especially with your service. I tried to put in the maximum number of first serves because otherwise he plays at an offensive level of tennis that puts you under pressure.
You try to maintain your service in every way possible. In addition, it moves you around the track at will and makes you wear out as the minutes go by. He is one of the most difficult players to face without a doubt."
Swiatek talks about Djokovic
Iga Swiatek recently revealed she was fervently hoping for Novak Djokovic to win the 2021 US Open title.
Swiatek even admitted that she was reduced to tears when Djokovic fell short at the last hurdle (losing to Daniil Medvedev). In a an interview with BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Monday, Iga Swiatek talked frankly about her emotions at the end of the US Open.
She also claimed that Novak Djokovic was the player most likely to complete the Calendar Slam. "I was cheering for Novak to win the Calendar Grand Slam this year because I feel like he deserves it," Swiatek said. "And if there is anybody that can win a calendar grand slam, it’s going to be him. So I was crying basically when he lost the final of the US Open," she added.