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 my sights on getting to the top 25 and I’ve surpassed it by far.»
Djokovic is an inspiration
Novak Djokovic recently spoke about the criticism he is often subjected to from the tennis media.
«I know that people sometimes think that I’m fake, that I do certain things because I want to be loved. It’s not like that, I’m just trying to be genuine. It’s something we’re losing,» Djokovic said. “It is not possible to please everyone, but at this point, political correctness forces us to give up expressing our ideas with respect, without hatred, but with freedom.
Freedom of expression for me today is just an illusion. I had an extraordinary example of this this year, with what happened to me around the issue of vaccines,» Djokovic said. “I expressed myself for the freedom of being able to dispose of my own body, and they immediately accused me of being a novax, which I am not. If you don’t belong to a certain way of thinking, you quickly become the bad guy. That’s not good.»