Holger Rune: I want to be best like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Promising Danish tennis player Holger Rune has said that his goal is to become the world No. 1 one day and that he draws inspiration from Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. 

Rune, 18, enjoyed a successful junior career, having won the 2019 French Open boys’ singles title and having achieved the No. 1 ranking. 

Rune has enjoyed a good season, having made four Challenger finals and two ATP quarterfinals this year. 

“My dream is not to be top 20 but to be the best player in the world like Rafa, Roger and Novak and to win lots of Grand Slams and to do as well as I can. I think I have great potential, I have a great team that helps me and that I trust and I think that’s one of the most important things. It’s a long way but I’m ready to walk it,” Rune said, per We Love Tennis. 

Rune had a chance to play Djokovic 

In the US Open first round, Rune won a set against world No. 1 Djokovic as the Serb won 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-2 6-1. 

“Yeah, it was great,” Rune said after the match. “I mean, I never felt anything like this. It was unbelievable feeling staying there. I tried to give the crowd something, fight for every point, be pumped and everything. I mean, the crowd was unbelievable. I mean, I couldn’t have asked for more. I never tried anything like this. It was a pretty sick feeling.”

Rune was amazed by Djokovic’s consistency during their match. 

“I think he’s incredibly consistent,” Rune said. “He never gives you anything. You really have to win every point by yourself. Especially behind your serve, you have really to put almost every first serve because otherwise he’s stepping in on the baseline and really putting you under pressure. You really want to hold your serve, because if he hits his spot, it’s tough to break him. He’s just a tough player to play.”