Boris Becker congratulated Holger Rune and Novak Djokovic on "a spectacular fight" they delivered during their Paris Masters match. Becker, who coached Djokovic for three consecutive seasons between 2014 and 2016, recently became Rune's new coach.
On Friday, Becker prepared Rune's tactics for the Djokovic match and also sat in the Dane's box. Rune, 20, competed extremely well against Djokovic, and even saved a match point in the second set, before the Serb claimed a 7-5 6-7 (3) 6-4 win. "Spectacular fight last night from both players.
Congratulations @DjokerNole! @holgerrune2003 showed a lot of poise and perseverance. As his coach I’m excited to work with such a promising young player. Now the focus is on the #ATPFinals. See you in Turin," Becker said in a message posted on X.
Spectacular fight last night from both players. Congratulations @DjokerNole! @holgerrune2003 showed a lot of poise and perseverance. As his coach I’m excited to work with such a promising young player. Now the focus is on the #ATPFinals.
Djokovic admitted it was 'strange' seeing Becker in Rune's box
Together, Djokovic and Becker won six Grand Slams.
After enjoying so many great moments together, Djokovic felt "strange" seeing Becker sitting in his opponent's box. Also, Djokovic praised Rune and suggested that Becker has already improved the 20-year-old's game. "Quite a similar match to last year's final to be honest.
Was really anybody's game every set. You know I played an awful tiebreak in the second set, to be honest probably the worst one this year but again credit to him for staying mentally tough and playing solid from baseline. We have kind of similar game, we both move well, defend well and kind of all-round players.
He's been, I think, playing much better in the last few weeks, ever since he started working with Boris. It was strange to see Boris in the opposing box but again I knew it might happen already this week. You know I wish him, obviously Holger and him, the best in Turin," Djokovic said. Rune and Djokovic are also set to play at the ATP Finals and that's where they could meet again.