Rising Danish star Holger Rune believes he and Carlos Alcaraz could form the next big rivalry. Rune, 18, captured the French Open boys' singles title in 2019 and now he is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 108 in the world.
On the other side, 18-year-old Alcaraz won his maiden ATP title in Umag this past summer and last week won the Next Gen ATP Finals. En route to winning the Next Gen ATP Finals, Alcaraz beat Rune in straight sets in the group stage.
"A lot of people are talking about the new Federer/Nadal rivalry," Rune told Sportskeeda. "Yes, it's possible. We have been competing since we were kids and have always had good matches. He is ahead of me right now with a little more experience on the ATP Tour than me.
Next year I will play the ATP Tour regularly and get the same experience. So we will for sure have many more good matches against each other."
Rune admits Alcaraz is more disciplined
"It was very inspiring to play the Next Gen Finals.
I feel I am disciplined, but I think Carlos is more disciplined right now than me. A little more mature. It was like that in juniors also at some point, he was a little ahead, but then I went in front. I am not so good at being number 2," Rune added.
Rune has made it clear that his goal for the 2022 season is to win his maiden ATP title. "I want to win ATP tournaments. I thing it's realistic to think I'll be able to win ATP 250 tournaments in 2022 and in the second half of the season I should be able to win ATP 500 events also.
If I can perform well in the Masters and Grand Slams that will be good. When the frozen ranking stops in 2022, I will be able to enter ATP 250 events and from there I will work my way up," Rune said.