'Roger Federer made me suffer mentally', says former Top 5

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'Roger Federer made me suffer mentally', says former Top 5

Holger Rune, 19, admits his attitude isn't perfect at times, but he thinks he has time to mature and grow, just like Roger Federer. Earlier in his career, Federer had anger issues on the court, but now he is known as one of the calmest and most collected players on Tour.

"If you look at Roger Federer as a young man, then he was maybe 40 times worse than me, and he is one of the most loved tennis players on tour, so I think I have a lot of time to improve my image," Rune told Ekstra Bladet.

After losing to Casper Ruud in the French Open quarterfinals, Rune gave the Norwegian a cold handshake. When Ruud was asked about it, he said that Rune was angry because he told him on the track that it was not necessary to check every mark.

"I have an extreme passion for this sport, and sometimes I show it too much. But I am 19 years old, I am still young, and I work every day to take only the positive out of my attitude, and that is a process," said Rune.

The Dane believes that there is nothing wrong with being a little different. "I see it as differences, and I think that's good. If all people were the same and thought the same, it would be horrible to live in this world.

It's okay to think what you want, and to like the character you like," he says. "Fortunately, I have a lot of good Danish fans and supporters who follow my career and want the best for me, and I really appreciate that."

Meanwhile, Rune is set to play at Eastbourne for the first time in his career. In the first round at Eastbourne, Rune takes on Ryan Peniston.

King Roger wants to play again

Tennis superstar Roger Federer has dominated the sport for so long that he has the upper hand against almost every he has faced in his career.

"I think he is playing in Basel to finish his carrer there. That's my opinion," Davydenko said. The former World No. 3 also recalled the two wins he had over Federer, with the first one coming in the semifinals of the 2009 ATP Finals in London.

"I had so many opportunities against Federer, but he was always a much better player near the end of the sets. I had set points, I made it into the tiebreaks, but then i was always loosing. Not in London. That time, I felt like it was my time to beat him, and I got lucky a bit as well," Davydenko said.

"My mentality changed after that, so I beat him easily in Doha in our next match as well. That time, I felt like I could beat him, it is no secret that I had a problem mentally when facing Federer," Davydenko said.