Rising Danish star Holger Rune absolutely enjoyed playing World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, even though he lost the match. Rune, who overcame the US Open qualifying event to earn a place in the main draw, competed well against Djokovic, but the Serb managed a 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-1 win.
"Regarding the match, it was fabulous. Everybody cheered and people were shouting my name. At first, I didn't know what they were saying, but when I found out they were calling my name, I was very happy and almost felt like Roger Federer on the court.
At the time, I was literally surrounded by happy and passionate people, like me, and now I get goosebumps writing about it," wrote Rune on his blog." Needless to say, it's not easy to play against Djokovic, and I could do nothing but fight.
Although I think I played quite well in the first set, I lost 6-1. I had to move on, as I didn't feel like I had played as badly as the scoreboard suggested." Rune was unable to deliver his best tennis in the last two sets of the match and suspected that the pressure he felt might have caused some tension.
"I was right. I won the second set 7-6 and what energy and support I found. I loved it. However, in the third set I had cramps, which I started to feel at the end of the second," Rune said. "It's been a long time since I've had cramps.
Earlier this year it was a problem, but we found the right balance between salt and magnesium and the problem was resolved. I think maybe all the tension before the game and just playing Tal Once Djokovic made the muscles tense even more."
Medvedev talks about Roger Federer
World No.2 Daniil Medvedev recently emerged as the champion of the US Open 2021. He won his first Grand Slam title after defeating World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the finals. With this win, he also stopped the Serbian legend from achieving his Calendar Slam in New York.
Even though Daniil Medvedev called Novak Djokovic as the greatest player of all time, he once claimed that Roger Federer has been his toughest opponent. However, there was a time when he used to hate the Swiss Maestro as a kid.
“I hated Roger. I just couldn’t see him win again. I was cheering from the first round for other guys because that’s the way I was,” said Medvedev in that interview.