Junior World No. 1 Reveals Why He Wants to Be Like Roger Federer

Published 03/03/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his singles match against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


Junior World No. 1 Holger Rune made his ATP main draw debut at the Argentina Open 2021. Before the match, he confessed that like many players, even he dreams of being like Roger Federer.

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Although the 17-year-old Danish boy lost in the first round at the Argentina Open, he made everyone acknowledge his game. He led 2-6, 0-2 before Albert Vinolas went on to win the match 2-6, 6-4, and 6-3.

As a French Open boys’ singles champion, Rune has traveled around and trained with the top players. Such experiences have kept him working hard in the hopes that he might one day even compete against the top players.

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Roger Federer has been an inspiration to the past, the present, and the future of tennis. His 20 Grand Slams, 100+ ATP titles, and other numerous records make him one of the greatest tennis players ever.

Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures to the spectators before hitting signed tennis balls into the stands during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

But more than that, his warm and welcoming personality has made him a global icon of the sports world. That is why everyone in the tennis world wants to be Roger Federer.

“He is my greatest idol and my favorite player,” Rune said. “He’s an excellent player, and he’s also a great person off the pitch.”

(All quotes are translated from Spanish to English via Google Translate)

However, admiring the Swiss maestro from a distance is one thing, but training with him is an altogether different experience, and Rune cherishes that moment more than anything else.

Rune continued, “I had the opportunity to train with him, chat after training, and it was a great experience that I will not forget.”

Moving forward, Rune will aim to qualify for the French Open and break into the Top 100 in 2021. In addition to that, he has many long terms goals in place as well. “My dreams are to win several Grand Slam, reach No. 1 and be like Roger Federer,” he said.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his Men’s Singles Semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

After a 13-month long break from tennis, the Basel-born will play in Doha and then in Dubai. Because of that, he will take a training break during the Miami Open, according to his agent.

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However, the excitement to see him play has been off the charts for all the tennis fans. They will catch ‘King’ Federer’s return on TV starting from March 8.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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