Holger Rune 'used' Roger Federer as inspiration to beat Cobolli

The Danish tennis player qualified for the 3rd round of the French Open and revealed an anecdote about the Swiss Maestro, at the press conference

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Holger Rune 'used' Roger Federer as inspiration to beat Cobolli
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Evidently Holger Rune is subscribing to fifth set battles in Slam tournaments and, even in the 2nd round of Roland Garros, he confirmed his trend. The grim Danish tennis player is certainly one of the greatest fighters and against the Italian Flavio Cobolli he won a match after a tough battle.

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A challenge that lasted almost four hours. At the press conference, to which the Dane showed up after midnight Paris time, Rune analyzed the match in depth, also telling an anecdote about Roger Federer.

"I don't know what happened, at a certain point I turned off my brain and started making my shots. At 0-5 in the tiebreak I gave a great response and that gave me confidence. So it came to mind when Roger Federer faced Tennys Sandgren at the Australian Open and managed to come back. Roger was always very relaxed when he played and so I told myself to do the same, I started hitting with great freedom and made a great passer in the crucial moment of the match. Before making the tiebreak I tell myself and do something even if I won't reveal it here, the pressure is very high in these moments and usually this excites me," he explained.

Analyzing the match against Cobolli even further, the Dane underlined: "It was extremely tough, especially because I played in different situations during the match. A lot of credit goes to him, he took advantage of the various opportunities and hit the ball with all his strength. It was one of the toughest challenges he has ever faced, at a certain point I left him too much of the court but he was absolutely good at taking advantage of it."

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