Holger Rune highlights Boris Becker's early influence despite Novak Djokovic loss



by DZEVAD MESIC

Holger Rune highlights Boris Becker's early influence despite Novak Djokovic loss
Holger Rune highlights Boris Becker's early influence despite Novak Djokovic loss © Getty Images Sport - Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Holger Rune credited Boris Becker for his good Paris Masters that ended with a tight defeat to Novak Djokovic. This past week in Paris, Rune reached the quarterfinal before Djokovic edged him out 7-5 6-7 (3) 6-4. When Rune hired Becker as his coach last month, he had just one win since Wimbledon.

In the two tournaments that Becker sat in Rune's box, the Dane reached the Basel semifinal and also made the last-eight in Paris. Rune is seemingly rediscovering his best form and he believes Becker is to credit for his resurgence.

Rune praises Becker's influence despite the Djokovic loss

“It’s never easy to reverse a negative spiral like the one I went through, and he helped me do it. I’ve come back from almost nowhere, from a period where I was losing all the time in the first round to a big match like this against Novak, close to my best level.

Two months ago, I would certainly have lost this match in two sets. It just goes to show how far I’ve come. It was a similar battle to last year, except that I was a little too passive this time. I could have done a few things differently, I lacked a bit of courage at times.

Maybe it was also him who made me more passive. Now I have to analyse all that so that I can come back stronger and try to beat him in Turin," Rune said. Meanwhile, Rune's 2023 season still isn't over. In a week, the ATP Finals in Turin will be taking place and 20-year-old Rune is set to make his debut at the prestigious season-ending tournament.

Rune won't be the top favorite for the title in Turin but he has been finding his form in recent weeks and it will be interesting to see how the 20-year-old does in his ATP Finals debut.

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