Coach reflects on Holger Rune saying he wanted to beat Novak Djokovic at US Open

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Coach reflects on Holger Rune saying he wanted to beat Novak Djokovic at US Open

Coach Lars Christensen was glad to see his pupil Holger Rune showing belief in himself before his US Open match against Novak Djokovic. 2019 French Open boys' singles champion Rune was drawn to meet world No. 1 Djokovic in his Grand Slam debut at the US Open.

Rune, 18, competed extremely well against Djokovic as he even managed to take a set off the Serb. 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic didn't let Rune cause a major upset as he beat the Dane 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-2 6-1. Before the match Rune said he wanted to beat Djokovic.

"He has always been like that. When he was 10, he was 100 per cent sure he could beat the senior guys in Denmark and that was not possible. But in his mind, it was possible and that is such a strong view for a player to have, because if you don’t believe 100 per cent in yourself, it is not going to happen," Christensen told the ATP Tour website.

Coach knew it wouldn't be easy for Rune against Djokovic

Christensen suggested he knew beating Djokovic was almost an impossible mission as he just wanted Rune to go out and compete well. "I am more realistic.

I knew playing Djokovic at the US Open in his first Slam [would be tough]. If he played some good tennis and showed his potential, I would have been really happy. That is what he did and that was fantastic. But for him, it was winning or losing and that is fuel for a player and that is very good.

I don’t want to take that away from him," Christensen added. "But my job is setting realistic goals, trying to tell him everything is possible and in my opinion, there is one step at a time. Taking one set against Djokovic is something, but going the distance with Djokovic is another story."