Novak Djokovic impressed by Holger Rune: “He deserves this title”

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Novak Djokovic impressed by Holger Rune: “He deserves this title”

“What impressed you the most about Holger Rune during this final?
His “fighting spirit”, his pugnacity. For someone so young to show that maturity in a game like this is impressive. He had the week of his life beating five top 10 players, that’s impressive. He deserves this title. I had opportunities in every set.

At 30-40 in the second set, it’s amazing how he returns my smash. It’s one of those moments that turn a game upside down. I thought the breaker, keep a good momentum, but he managed to overturn the game. He was brave, he let go of his punches. Me, I was not good in my footwork. But it was a good week.

You faced Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune, both 19, what are the differences between the two?
Mostly there are similarities. From a physical point of view, they are both very fit. They train very hard, they are dedicated to tennis. They defend very well. Rune has a better backhand, Alcaraz has a better forehand, but both improve where they’re weak.

And again, their shots are fantastic. Rune still has a very good forehand. For 19 years they have impressive. Their energy on the court, their motivation, their desire to do well, their constant mental presence, it’s impressive. »

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