Jim Courier makes claim on Holger Rune after Dane's win over Novak Djokovic

Courier backs Rune for a strong French Open run.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Jim Courier makes claim on Holger Rune after Dane's win over Novak Djokovic

Jim Courier is backing Holger Rune for a strong French Open after the Dane's latest victory over Novak Djokovic. In late 2022, Rune upset Djokovic in the Paris final to lift his first Masters title. This week at the Rome Masters, Rune proved his Paris win over Djokovic wasn't a fluke as the Dane beat the Serb again 6-2 4-6 6-2.

Courier was impressed by the level of tennis Rune delivered against Djokovic in Rome to clinch back-to-back wins over the Serb Courier feels Rune will head to the French Open with lots of confidence and belief that he could become a Grand Slam champion there.

Courier backs Rune for a strong French Open after the Djokovic win

“For Holger Rune, this buffs him up even more. This is a guy not short on confidence. This is a guy who’s now beaten Novak twice in a row at big matches Novak definitely wanted to win.

He definitely got the confidence. I think he could be one of the guys to lift the trophy at Roland Garros. He has no scar tissue of being so close to it and having it taken away from him. He was using Rome as his preparation to build.

Rune has to feel like the work he’s putting in is paying off. He made the quarter-finals last year, and he was the shadow of the player he is now. So that’s how good he is,” Courier said on Tennis Channel. In late 2022, Rune became a Masters champion and a top-10 player for the first time in his career.

Shortly after achieving those two milestones, Rune said his next goals were winning a Grand Slam and reaching the world No 1 spot. Last year, Rune made his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open. It remains to be seen if this year Rune can become a Grand Slam champion on the clay courts of Roland Garros.

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