French Open 2022 - Holger Rune upsets Stefanos Tsitsipas in four sets to reach French Open quarter-finals
Holger Rune’s dream French Open debut continues, with the Danish 19-year-old into the quarter-finals at Roland Garros after beating No. 4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas. Rune, who broke into the top 100 and is now ranked No. 40 in the world, faces No. 8 seed Casper Ruud, of Norway, next. The headline act in the men's quarter-finals will however be Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal on Tuesday night.
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It goes down as one of the biggest scalps of his career so far, and Rune - who beat Alexander Zverev in Munich earlier this year - faces No. 8 seed Casper Ruud next for a place in the semi-finals.
“I have an unbelievable feeling right now,” said Rune, who was broken by Tsitsipas when serving for the match in the fourth set at 5-2, and then saved three more break points two games later before closing it out.
“I was so nervous at the end; the crowd was amazing for me… [during] the whole match, the whole tournament, [and] I’m so happy to be playing on this court.”
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The decision went Rune’s way, much to Tsitsipas’ disbelief, and after the narrowest of calls the Dane then held before breaking the No. 4 seed a game later.
Rune was able to serve out for the set, and early in the second he was looking to take that momentum with him, but Tsitsipas saved three break points in the third game.
Tsitsipas then dug deep to break in the eighth game and seal the set in the ninth, but despite the expectation he would take his game to another level, it was Rune who outshone the Greek in the third set.
A clinical first-serve percentage of 83, compared to Tsitsipas’ 59, ensured Rune never gave his opponent a sniff, and his break to love in the sixth game helped him win the set 6-3 and move back in front.
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Out to wrap it up in four, Rune was looking the stronger of the two players, and after squandering three break points in the third game, he broke twice to make it 5-2 and put himself within touching distance of the quarters.
Hoping to close it out, Rune was then broken as Tsitsipas valiantly kept the match alive before the former was then presented with a second chance to serve for the match.
A tense game ensued as a nervy Rune realised its importance, and somehow after saving three break points he converted his first match point to win what goes down as the biggest win of his career, given the circumstances.
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“I was very nervous, but at the same time, if I [departed] from the tactic against Tsitsipas, I’m going to lose, for sure, so I told myself to [stick] to the plan and play through the tough moments, and it worked out at the end, [giving] me a huge confidence boost. It’s so great to still be here,” Rune said.
“It was part of the tactic; to try to play as aggressively as possible, because when Stefanos [receives] shorter balls, he attacks them; so I had to be aggressive, really fast, take time away from him, and I really liked playing the drop shots - they’re fun to play - so it worked out pretty well, so I’m happy.”
He added: “I get so emotional when I talk about family and coaches, but we are in the quarter-finals; we haven’t won the tournament yet! My mum is up there, and she is why I’m here today. I’m so grateful to have such a great team to help me through the tough situations.”
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