Roland-Garros 2022 – Holger Rune surprises Stefanos Tsitsipas in four sets to reach the quarter-finals of Roland-Garros
Danish teenager Holger Rune scored a decisive victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the French Open quarter-finals on Monday.
The 19-year-old world No. 40 broke into the top 100 earlier this year and recorded his first-ever Grand Slam victory when he beat Denis Shapovalov in the opening round at Roland Garros.
And after beating Henri Laaksonen and Hugo Gaston in straight sets, his dream French Open debut continued with a 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-4 win over last year’s runner-up and top seed. series No. 4 Tsitsipas.
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It’s one of the biggest scalps of his career so far, and Rune – who beat Alexander Zverev in Munich earlier this year – will next face No.8 seed Casper Ruud for a place in semi final.
“I’m feeling amazing right now,” said Rune, who was broken by Tsitsipas as he served for the match in the fourth set at 5-2 and then saved three more break points two games later. late before concluding.
“I was so nervous at the end; the crowd was amazing to me… [during] the whole game, the whole tournament, [and] I am so happy to play 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 for the set, and at the start of the second he was looking to take that momentum with him, but Tsitsipas saved three break points in game three.
Tsitsipas then dug deep to break up the eighth game and seal the set in the ninth, but despite expectations that he would take his game to another level, it was Rune who eclipsed the Greek in the third set.
A clinical first-serve percentage of 83, compared to Tsitsipas’ 59, ensured Rune never sniffed his opponent, and his love break in game six helped him win the set 6-3 and come back in front.
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Out to finish in four, Rune looked the stronger of the two players, and after wasting three break points in game three, he broke twice to make it 5-2 and put himself within reach. hand of quarters.
Hoping to close it out, Rune was then broken as Tsitsipas valiantly kept the game alive before the former was given a second chance to serve for the game.
A tense match ensued as a nervous Rune realized his importance, and somehow, after saving three break points, he converted his first match point to win what turned out to be 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] tactics against Tsitsipas, I’m going to lose, for sure, so I told myself to [stick] to plan and play through the tough times, and it worked out in the end, [giving] gave me a huge confidence boost. It’s so great to still be here,” Rune said.
“It was part of the tactic; try to play as aggressively as possible, because when Stefanos [receives] shorter bullets he attacks; so I had to be aggressive, really fast, take his time, and I really enjoyed playing the drop shots – they’re fun to play – so it worked pretty well, so I’m happy.
He added: “I get so emotional when I talk about the family and the coaches, but we are in the quarter-finals; we haven’t won the tournament yet! My mom is up there, and that’s why I’m here today. I’m so grateful to have such a great team to help me through tough times.
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