'It Would Have Never Affected Novak Djokovic'S Training Blocks', Says Expert

‘It would never have affected Novak Djokovic’s training blocks,’ says expert


Holger Rune enjoyed an incredible season finale, ending 2022 ranked 11th in the world. The Danish tennis player won the first Masters 1000 of his career by beating Novak Djokovic, 21-time Slam champion, in one of the best finals of the year.

The Copenhagen native also became the first tennis player to beat five top 10 players – Hubert Hurkacz, Andrey Rublev, Carlos Alcaraz, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Djokovic – in the same tournament since 1973, excluding the ATP Finals.

«I had many idols growing up. Now that I am a professional player, I focus on being the best version of myself. Even playing tennis, there are athletes who inspire me, Djokovic is one of them. The Serb is a fantastic tennis player. and I try to learn a lot from him: his shot, the precision of his shots and his physical form,» Rune explained in an interview with Relevant Tennis.

“Beating him in Paris was incredible. It has been a dream final against an opponent whom I respect a lot for everything he has achieved in the world of tennis. Novak has always been very generous. great inspiration for me.

The big three are very special. I was very happy to see Novak win the ATP Finals in Turin and equal Roger Federer in another stat.» Lastly, Rune touched on the goals he will try to achieve next year. for the following season.

For us, ranking is not just a number. We analyze all the tournaments I plan to play. In 2022 I set out to get to the top 25 and I far exceeded it. I am looking forward to talking with my coach and setting the goals for 2023.

I know what I want. I’ve won an ATP 250, I’ve reached the final of an ATP 500 and I’ve won a Masters 1000. I think the time has come to win a Grand Slam.»

Wilander comments on Djokovic

Speaking to Eurosport about Novak Djokovic’s up-and-down year, Mats Wilander said: «Novak has come so close to being allowed to go to the Australian Open and so close to being allowed to go to the US Open, that he never would have affected your training blocks or your practice sessions.

And I think because he wasn’t allowed to go, I think physically it might be difficult for him to play five sets, seven matches, but he can deal with it. Am I surprised that younger guys can’t get through it? Sometimes it surprises me a bit, but it’s more Novak.

It’s crazy what he can do on the tennis court with his movement and his defense and most of all his will to win the ‘little matches’ for him who is perhaps the greatest player of all time. He finds a way to make it mean everything. I’m so impressed.»

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