Holger Rune reveals his secret to having wins against Novak Djokovic

Rune has two wins against Djokovic and a few tight losses against the Serb.

by Dzevad Mesic
Holger Rune reveals his secret to having wins against Novak Djokovic
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Holger Rune says he is never lacking belief in his abilities or fearing an opponent, not even against Novak Djokovic. Rune, 20, has grown into one of Djokovic's most difficult opponents. Rune, ranked at No 8 in the world, has had seven meetings against Djokovic so far.

In his Grand Slam debut at the 2021 US Open, Rune took a set off Djokovic before losing in four sets. Then, Rune beat Djokovic in the 2022 Paris Masters final and also defeated the Serb at the Rome Masters earlier this year.

In November, Rune lost twice to Djokovic at the Paris Masters and ATP Finals, respectively. But both of those matches were two pretty tight three-set contests.

Rune on Djokovic: The best but even the best can be beaten

"I think that when I enter the court, I have strong belief in my abilities and what I can do out there.

I respect my opponent but I’m never going to be afraid and also, I feel like, they ask me, ‘You know, play a guy with 24 Grand Slams,’ and yes I know but if I would think that, I would already have lost the match.

So I can’t allow myself to get these thoughts into my mind because on the paper it’s impossible to beat him [Djokovic] but in real life, everything is possible. So I just got to stay in there, take my chance. We know he’s the best but even the best can be beaten.

So that’s what I am telling myself," Rune said on the Advantage Connors podcast. In late 2022, Rune became a Masters champion in a very impressive way as he stunned Djokovic 3-6 6-3 7-5. By beating Djokovic in the Paris final, Rune became a Masters champion and also made the top-10 for the first time in his career. After the match, Djokovic gave credit to Rune and congratulated him.

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