Holger Rune holds the record for indoor wins in Basel

Holger Rune delighted Credit: Alamy

Dane Holger Rune continues his end-of-season raise on Wednesday at Swiss Indoors Basel.

The teenager won 6-2, 7-5 in the first round against Australian Alex de Minaur.

After clinching his second ATP Tour title on Sunday in Stockholm, Rune picked up where he left off in Basel.

Rune won the game by being the most aggressive player and performed well, hitting 26 winners to nine of seventh-seeded De Minaur during his 89-minute triumph.

It was the 19-year-old Dane’s second win against De Minaur in five days after beating the Australian in three sets in Saturday’s Stockholm semi-finals.

Rune also reached the final in Sofia earlier this month and this fall holds an 11-2 record on European indoor hard courts.

The Dane, who hopes to keep his form when competing in the November ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan, is chasing his third tour-level title of the season (Munich, Stockholm) while it would be his first at the ATP 500 level.

Rune started the week at number 25 in the world at the top of his career and today’s win elevates him to number 23 on the ATP Live rankings.

A deep run in Basel could see him enter the Top 20 for the first time. His next opponent in Switzerland will be Ugo Humbert, after the French qualifier beat Jenson Brooksby 6-1, 6-4.

Rune Next Gen star mate Lorenzo Musetti, who also won his second ATP Tour title with victory in Naples on Sunday, couldn’t join the Dane in the second round because he became a veteran.

Spanish craftsman Albert Ramos-Vinolas held out after Musetti’s quick start to record a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph against the young Italian.

Musetti struggled with an injury throughout the match and had to call the coach between the second and third sets of the match.

The Spaniard will face Alexander Bublik in the round of 16.

Rune is not the only young man in tears in Basel.

Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated home hero Marc-Andrea Huesler for his personal best, ninth consecutive touring victory.

He found the conditions hectic but was able to overcome them.

“I think games like this are mentally more difficult, in a way,” Auger-Aliassime said in his on-pitch interview.

“Playing indoors, quick points, we both serve very well. You have to stay stuck and focused for two hours … If you can grab an opportunity, take a break.

“I was able to serve well in the end. It was hard to stay focused, he was serving great and he was really aggressive. It wasn’t an easy match, but really happy to have passed. “

Auger-Aliassime will face Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in the next round.

“We are more or less the same age and have been playing it since we were junior,” said Auger-Aliassime of Kecmanovic.

“The [whole] the record is more than three games, so we know each other very well. They have always been difficult games for me.

“I was able to get the win last time, but he’s a very complete player.

“He moves well, he’s explosive and has a great forehand and backhand. It can do anything from the crossbar, down the line, mix very well. It’s serving better and better, so I’ll see. It will not be easy”.

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