Holger Rune writes Danish tennis history in Paris


Holger Rune had a great run in 2022, winning his first Masters 1000 title and finishing just outside the top 10. Holger claimed his first ATP title in Munich before another impressive run in Paris. The Dane defeated four opponents to advance to his first Major quarterfinal, becoming the first player from his country to do so in the Open era.

Rune arrived at Roland Garros with two important matches on his account. However, a teenager showed his full potential in the French capital and won 12 of 13 sets to advance to the last eight. The 2019 Roland Garros junior champion defeated last year’s finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in three hours and one minute on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Tsitsipas was not at his best in Paris this year, and was unable to get past the young gun, who outplayed him in every segment. Holger claimed five more points than Stefanos and fended off five of eight break points.

Holger Rune became the first Danish player to reach a Major quarterfinal in the Open era.

Rune converted five breaks of 11 chances and shot 54 winners and 38 unforced errors to control the pace and emerge on top.

Last year’s finalist took an early lead in the opener with a break in game four following a forehand cross. Rune got it back in the next after a loose forehand from the opponent and fended off two break chances in game eight to secure the result at 4-4.

The Dane fired a forehand cross winner in the eleventh game to clinch his second break. He held after deuce with a big winner in the next to take the opener 7-5 in just under an hour. Stefanos raised his level in the second set and saved three break points at 1-1 in his only troublesome service game.

The Greek broke in game eight after a backhand error from the youngster and stayed in love with an ace in the next to take the set 6-3 and level the overall score. Rune rallied in the third set and produced five good holds without facing deuces or break points.

He broke Tsitsipas at love in the sixth game after a rogue forehand from the opponent to open a 4-2 lead and build momentum. Holger served for the set at 5-3 and received a 20-shot exchange to finish it off and move closer to the finish line.

The youngster carved out a massive 5-2 lead in the fourth set with breaks in games five and seven, doing everything right and outplaying the top-ranked opponent. Tsitsipas broke at love in game eight to prolong the battle and created three break chances at 4-5.

Rune denied them with winners and capitalized on the first match point when Tsitsipas landed a long forehand to seal the deal and advance to the last eight.

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