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Days After Stunning Novak Djokovic, 20-Year-Old Holger Rune Directs Meaty French Open Prediction at the Serb as He Armors up to Attain Paris Glory

Published 05/31/2023, 11:45 AM EDT

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Roland Garros is definitely missing  Rafael Nadal. However, that has led other budding players to have some hope. After defeating Novak Djokovic at the Italian Open, the young fan of Roger Federer is looking forward to a thrilling and unpredictable French Open. The 20-year-old Holger Rune is not the crowd’s favorite but has confessed that the French Open Title race this year is “more open”.

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The Danish player has come into the limelight because of his resilient gameplay. After seeing Daniil Medvedev bow out of the French Open, Rune has found a silver lining. However, he has still picked a favorite for this year’s Roland Garros, and it is not him.

Holger Rune fancies his chances at this year’s French Open


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The absence of ‘King of Clay’ at the Roland Garros is undoubtedly disappointing. Nonetheless, his fans will be looking forward to his smashing comeback after recovery.

But his absence this year has led other players to have more hopes of winning the tournament. Holger Rune is one such player. Rune now feels that competition will be tough but without Nadal, the chances are high.


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During the press conference, he stated, “I think for sure it’s more open as Rafa is not here, but again, we still have Novak, we have Alcaraz.” He added, “I think still Novak must be the favorite as he has 22 Grand Slams and so much experience in these tournaments.” 

Considering Rafa’s absence, he stated, “It’s more open because Rafa has won here 14 times, I think. So he would be the main favorite if he was here.” However, he has also gained some confidence after he showed his prowess against Djokovic in the Italian Open quarter-finals.

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On top of that, one of his fierce rivals, Daniil Medvedev, who defeated him in the finals of the Italian Open, has also gone out in the first round of the French Open.

He concluded by saying, “Now I saw Daniil, he lost today. Yeah, anything can happen.” Relying on his prowess, Rune seems ambitious enough to nurse hopes of  clinching his maiden Grand Slam title.


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Rune gets confident as Daniil Medvedev makes an exit

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Jannik Sinner had warned Daniil Medvedev for the clay-court season after he lost the finals of the Monte Carlo Masters. But the Russian proved more resilient than the other players presumed.

He defeated Rune at the Italian Open finals. Now, with him gone, Rune is not hesitant to dream big. Obviously, he is not undermining other competitors like Carlos Alcaraz Garfia and Novak Djokovic.


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Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports, who specializes in off-court topics and has a particular focus on the legendary ‘Queen of the Court’, Serena Williams. With a wealth of experience in the industry, Shivali has authored numerous articles covering varied topics concerning the 23-time Grand Slam champion, including her personal life, career, and more. In addition to her work on Serena Williams, Shivali is also a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires the four-time Major winner, particularly for her advocacy for mental health.

Edited By: Arijit Saha