Holger Rune on Novak Djokovic: ‘You are unreal’

Holger Rune lost to Novak Djokovic in the ATP Finals round robin stage

Novak Djokovic and Holger Rune battled for the fifth time at the ATP Finals in Turin. Like in Paris a couple of weeks ago, Novak broke Holger’s resistance in the decider, prevailing 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 in three hours and four minutes.

Two great rivals battled for over three hours, and Djokovic preserved more for the final set, emerging at the top and making a winning start. Holger praised Novak, calling him unreal. Also, the Dane admitted that the Serb’s results are making them all work harder.

Djokovic and Rune stayed neck and neck for two sets. The Serb roke two racquets early in the decider, playing better after that and toppling the young opponent for his 47th ATP Finals triumph. Novak landed 36 winners and 22 unforced errors, and Holger brought 49 direct points and 29 mistakes.

Djokovic lost serve three times and grabbed four return games, enough to prevail and emerge at the top.

Holger Rune praised Novak Djokovic following their ATP Finals duel.
The Serb fired a forehand down the line winner in the third game, and the Dane locked the result at 2-2 after his rival’s loose backhand.

Novak saved two break points in the fifth game before Holger seized the third, opening a 3-2 advantage. Rune wasted a game point in game six and played a loose drop shot to get broken and bring Djokovic back to 3-3. The young gun served well in the crucial moments at 4-5 and 5-6, introducing a tie break.

Holger sprayed a forehand error in the sixth point and felt 5-2 behind after Novak’s perfect backhand winner. Returning at 6-4, the Serb painted a forehand crosscourt return winner, completing the opener after a grueling 71 minutes and gaining confidence.

Rune broke at 15 in the second set’s second game before Djokovic pulled it back in the next one with a backhand crosscourt winner, returning to the positive side. Novak saved a set point at 4-5 with a powerful serve, holding for 5-5 and introducing the second tie break with a fine hold in game 12.

Djokovic hit two loose forehands and fell 3-0 behind. Rune fired a forehand winner for 5-0 and converted the second set point, sending the duel into a decider after two hours and 24 minutes. The Dane sprayed a double fault in the second game, falling 2-0 behind.

Holger bounced back with a break in game three, causing Novak’s frustration and two broken racquets. The more experienced player regrouped and broke in the sixth game after forcing the rival’s mistake. Djokovic fired a service winner in the seventh game for 5-2 and served for the win in game nine.

Novak created three match points and seized the first with a forehand winner, beating Holger for the third time in five matches.

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