Marc-Andrea Huesler reflects on stunning Holger Rune for Sofia title

Huesler wins his first ATP title at the age of 26.

by Dzevad Mesic
Marc-Andrea Huesler reflects on stunning Holger Rune for Sofia title

Swiss tennis player Marc-Andrea Huesler was lost for words after upsetting Holger Rune for his first ATP title. In the Sofia final, Huesler stunned fifth-seeded Rune 6-4 7-6 (8). At the age of 26, Huesler captured his first ATP title.

"I played a great, great match for sure," Huesler said after his victory over Rune, per the ATP website. "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." En route to winning his first ATP title, Huesler also defeated Geoffrey Blancaneaux, Pablo Carreno Busta, Kamil Majchrzak, and Lorenzo Musetti.

“This whole week has been a complete fairy tale for me,” Huesler added. “I would have been happy to pass a couple of rounds and I’m holding the trophy here”.

How Huesler defeated Rune in the Sofia final

Huesler got off to a great start to his first ATP final, breaking Rune in the very first game of the match.

Down by a break, Rune had his chances to get back into the first set but just didn't convert. After saving break points in the sixth and eighth games, Huesler routinely served out for the first set in the 10th game. Huesler then had a chance to get off to a great start to the second set, but he missed out on two consecutive break points in the first game.

In the 12th game of the second set - when Huesler was serving to stay in the set - Rune didn't realize two set points as Huesler managed to force a tie-break. In the tie-break, Huesler saved two more set points before realizing his second match point to complete a two-set win.

Huesler and Rune were playing against each other for the second time. This summer in Bastad, Huesler won the first meeting versus Rune.

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