Among the surprises and news of 2021 it is impossible not to mention the growth of Holger Rune. The young Danish talent has imposed himself on the ITF circuit before reaching the quarter-finals at the ATP 250 tournament in Santiago and attending the major world tennis tournaments more continuously. The turning point probably came in April, when Rune had the chance to train with Novak Djokovic for a week in Monte Carlo and get to know the routine of one of the best players in history. After his experience with the Serbian champion, Rune won four Challenger tournaments and earned a well-deserved qualification for the US Open by beating the qualifying draw. In New York, the draw was very tough with the 18-year-old, who found himself up against Djokovic. The Belgrade dominated the first set, but then lost the tiebreaker in the second set. Some physical problems limited Rune during the game. On the official website of the ATP, Rune’s historic coach talked about his client’s progress. “He chose the club I worked in when he was six and a half, because his sister played tennis. During the winter season, I started coaching children and immediately noticed his ability to progress quickly. This is why I have my eye on him,” explained Lars Christensen. “He is very emotional and competitive. He was completely focused on tennis. At the beginning I focused on the technical part; later, when he started playing international tournaments, his physical preparation was not good enough.”
Srdjan Djokovic on Novak
During a recent appearance on K1 TV, Novak Djokovic’s father Srdjan Djokovic predicted that his son will go on to win at least a couple more Wimbledon titles before he retires. “He will win at least two more Wimbledon titles and several other Grand Slams,” Srdjan said. “You don’t need to be an expert to see Novak will play for another two or three years, that will be enough.” He further added that Djokovic was not one to dwell on his losses for too long. The World No. 1 has learned to take his losses in his stride as he understands that defeats are also a part of the game. “That upset him, but the main reason was Medvedev’s fantastic game. That’s how it is,” Srdjan said. “My son was taught that sport consists of victories and defeats, that as you accept victory so you do defeat.” Djokovic’s confirmed participation at the ATP Cup which precedes the Grand Slam has done its part in dispelling reports of him not competing at Melbourne Park.