On Sunday, Denmark’s Holger Rune wrote another chapter in his 2022 story when he defeated seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 to win his second tour-level title.
The 19-year-old made an impressive figure when he opened his shoulders and scored world number 5 during the hour-and-35-minute clash.
Rune would shoot as many as 20 winners and save the one break point he faced to earn his third Top 5 win with both previous triumphs coming this year and one of them was against Tsitsipas himself.
The Dane now leads Tsitsipas 2-0 in the head-to-head career record, having also defeated the 24-year-old at Roland Garros in June.
Rune will rise to number 24 on the ATP rankings following his title race at the ATP 250 event when the rankings are updated on Monday.
“It was an incredible match for me,” Rune said in his on-pitch interview.
“I knew it was going to be difficult, but I just tried to stick to the game plan. I had to play my best tennis today and it was nice to find the level. I am super happy.
“It was very close to perfection. I was making a lot of comings and playing pretty good behind my serve. Stefanos is an extraordinary player, who always makes things difficult. It was a super fun game to play ”.
Rune has built a reputation as a hotheader but prefers to confront a young Roger Federer.
His performance in Stockholm saw him channel his energy into an aggressive performance.
Rune was able to catch the ball early and successfully targeted Tsitsipas’ backhand, surviving the Greek in crosscourt exchanges most of the time.
The 19-year-old showed a great touch on the net to start, finishing points efficiently as he went ahead to help him clinch his memorable victory in Sweden.
Earlier this season, Rune clinched his first tour-level trophy in Munich, where he defeated then world number 3 Alexander Zverev on his way to the crown.
With his win over Tsitsipas, the 19-year-old became the second teenager to win more tour-level titles this year, joining world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz.
Rune will now be looking to finish his season on a high note with the NextGen Finals looking like winning for the Dane.
He will compete in Basel next week before taking to the field at the Next Gen Finals – which will be held from 8 to 12 November – for the second consecutive season.
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