Rising Danish star Holger Rune delivered a big performance on Friday in Indian Wells to clinch his first Masters victory. Rune, 18, saw off France's Ugo Humbert 6-3 6-2 to progress into the Indian Wells Masters second round.
Rune had the first break points of the match but he missed out on two consecutive break points in the opening game. Rune kept pressing Humbert's serve as he broke the Frenchman in the fifth and ninth games to win the opener.
After winning the first set, Rune also broke Humbert twice in the second set to book a straight-set win. "It feels amazing. It was a great match. Ugo is a difficult opponent. He can play some unbelievable tennis. He beat Medvedev this year, the best player in the world, so he definitely has a level that is good," Rune said.
"But I also know he lost a lot of matches, so he's maybe not the [most] confident and I think I used that in my favour to play aggressive, to really keep him playing every shot and every ball. "I did that well from the beginning, starting out strong.
[It was a] great crowd out there, so I'm super happy with the first victory."
Rune ready for Matteo Berrettini
Rune now faces a tough test as he plays next No. 6 seed Berrettini. Berrettini had a first round bye in Indian Wells, while Rune has already played three matches at the tournament since he also won two qualifying matches.
"Next match is a huge test against Berrettini, so it's going to be fun to see how it's going to go," Rune said. "For sure he's a great player, one of the best in the world right now, so it's going to be fun.
Let's see what happens." It remains to be seen if Rune can upset Berrettini and progress into the Indian Wells third round.