Even though Holger Rune is only 19 years old, Rune manages to develop a strong record versus his Top 10 competitors.
The Dane advanced to his 2nd semi-final at ATP Masters 1000 on Friday by claiming a 6-3, 6-4 victory over the currently red-hot Daniil Medvedev at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Championships. Rune’s performance in the quarterfinals versus the World No. 5 was composed and controlled.
He often maneuvered Medvedev across the court and blasted clean baseline shots off both of his wings.
Rune, who has moved up two positions to No. 7 in the Live Rankings of the Pepperstone ATP as a consequence of his performance in Monte-Carlo, stated that it was not easy by any means and that it is always difficult to compete against Daniil.
Even though we’ve had a heap of practice together, it was the very first time that I faced up against Daniil in a legitimate competition. I have a great deal of admiration for everything that he has accomplished.
In the past week, putting a stop to his activities was a challenge for me, but I’m glad I was successful.
As a consequence of his victory in the Principality, which took 78 minutes, Rune increased his record against competitors ranked in the top ten of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings to (10-8). This represents a 56% victory rate, as indicated by the Infosys ATP Stats.
Rune will play Jannik Sinner, who won his quarterfinal match over Lorenzo Musetti with 6-2, 6-2, to advance to the semi-finals of the Monte-Carlo Masters as he pursues his second championship at the Masters 1000 level.
Five of these wins came over the very best players on the ATP Tour while he was on his incredible in 2022 journey to the Rolex Paris Masters championship.
Rune predicted that it would be a fantastic match regardless of the outcome before Sinner had even won the match against Musetti.” Two young athletes who have a lot of potential. [Although] given that they are currently at the top, it can hardly be considered “up and coming.”
It’s likely to be an intense match because both Sinner and Lorenzo are in good condition, and Lorenzo just had a fantastic win yesterday.
At this point in the 2023 campaign, Rune has compiled a record of 16-7 and has advanced to the semifinals of competitions in both Montpellier and Acapulco.
The Dane is under additional pressure to keep up his steady form throughout the European clay period, but he is confident in his ability to do so.
In the next weeks, he will have to defend the Pepperstone ATP Rating points he earned during his championship run in 2022 in Munich, his semi-final appearance in Lyon the previous year, and his first Grand Slam quarter-final appearance at Roland Garros.
Rune is well-positioned to make his debut appearance of the Pepperstone ATP Rating in the Top 5 if he can repeat the feat on clay courts in 2023.
With his aggressive striking, Rune broke for a 2-1 lead in the 2nd set versus Medvedev on Friday, after securing the sole break of the initial set during the 4th game. Rune’s deft return created a second break in the 9th game.
And this time it proved to be the match-winner, despite Medvedev’s quick recovery and renewed hopes of clinching his 27th victory in 28 tour-level games.
Rune was able to capitalize on 3 of his 5 break-point opportunities and claimed 81% (17/21) of the points played at net.
The 3-time winner of the ATP Tour was happy with how he responded to Medvedev’s serve, which has been one of the previous world number one’s most efficient weapons in his current run of success.
Simply focusing one’s attention on the here and now is required. According to Rune, his serve is enormous, he is capable of hitting every target, and it appears to be extremely effortless on his part.
He only needs to chuck the ball and it will go for the full. When that’s up and down the line, there is nothing you can do about it; all you can do is accept it and work hard to take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself.