World No. 26 Holger Rune admits he would like to have a Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer-like rivalry with top-ranked Carlos Alcaraz. Rune, 19, won the French Open boys' singles title in 2019 and now he has quickly established himself as one of the most promising and talented players in the game.
On the other side, Alcaraz is already a two-time Grand Slam champion and the top-ranked player at the age of 19. The first and lone meeting between Rune and Alcaraz came at the 2021 NextGen ATP Finals, when the Spaniard won in straight sets.
"I’m excited, hopefully it’s going to be like Roger and Rafa, it could be great, that’s what we’re seeking for to be the greatest players of all time and to be the greatest players we can be and for my side I’m just trying to fulfil my potential and be as great as I can be everyday and be one percent better every time I step on the practice court," Rune said on the ATP Tennis Radio Podcast.
Rune fell just short of winning his second ATP title
Last week, Rune made the Sofia Open final. After upsetting Jannik Sinner to reach the Sofia final, Rune suffered a surprise defeat to Marc-Andrea Huesler. In the first meeting between the two, Huesler claimed a 6-4 7-6 (8) win over Rune.
"I played a great, great match for sure," Huesler said after his victory over Rune. "I am completely taken aback. I am lost for words. it was a great match. I just tried to stay focused, stayed calm and I am just really happy I was able to make it."
Had Rune defeated Huesler, he would have won his second ATP title. Earlier this year in Munich, Rune became an ATP champion after Botic van de Zandschulp was forced to retire their Munich final.