Holger Rune makes one thing clear about Novak Djokovic ahead of French Open

Rune shows major respect for Djokovic ahead of the French Open.

by Dzevad Mesic
Holger Rune makes one thing clear about Novak Djokovic ahead of French Open

Holger Rune thinks Novak Djokovic should still be considered the No 1 French Open title favorite despite his struggles during this year's clay season. In his last tournament played leading up to the French Open, Djokovic suffered a Rome Masters quarterfinal loss as Rune beat the Serb 6-2 4-6 6-2.

Before Rome, Djokovic had a Monte Carlo Masters round-of-16 showing and he also surprisingly lost in the Banja Luka quarterfinal. But with Rafael Nadal out of the French Open and Djokovic being a 22-time Grand Slam champion, Rune thinks the Serb is the man to beat at Roland Garros.

“I still think Novak is the main favourite for the event. He’s the one with the most Slams of who’s playing, the most experienced. Then we have Alcaraz. We have Medvedev. We have a lot of guys. I think if I have to pick one favourite, I’ll probably pick Novak.

But it’s more open as we don’t have Rafa this year. For sure [Medvedev] has been showing some good signs in this clay season, playing better and better. For sure I think he is one of the favourites," Rune said, per Tennis365.

Rune names Djokovic as the No 1 French Open favorite

After beating Djokovic, Rune went on to reach the Rome final before suffering a 5-7 5-7 loss to Daniil Medvedev. Rune wasn't in the best mood after losing the Rome final but noted it was still a very positive clay season for him.

“My feeling right now is not the best, but it’s been a good clay season so far. I made three finals out of four tournaments so in that way I can’t complain. But as many of you know, I am a very eager person to win titles and hopefully I can learn.

Paris is the main goal of the clay season and I think I had the matches I needed to be as well prepared as possible and now it is just the final small things I want to do better;" Rune said.

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