“We Miss Those Matches”: Holger Rune on the Dominance Ending of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Published 12/19/2021, 10:10 PM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Tennis has been dominated by the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic in the men’s game. Despite these guys being in the twilight of their careers, they still give the young players a hard time on the Tour. 

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However, with the success Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev have had this season, it may be just a matter of time before these young ones begin showing their consistency on the Tour. 

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Recently, Danish tennis player Holger Rune felt that the young players will challenge Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic on a regular basis. He stated, “Well, that’s the plan. I hope so, I hope the young guys will, also me. I’m telling myself also to come and take over and see some new guys up there. We have already seen some new guys like Zverev, Medvedev even though they’ve been on tour for a while now. But still, it’s just great not to see Roger, Rafa all the time, and Novak, even though they’re probably the best of our sport.”

Good to see Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic not win regularly

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Rune felt it was good to see the big three not winning everything. However, he did consider them as the best players to have played the game. He grew up watching these guys compete against each other, producing some of the best matches in history. He commits to giving it his all whenever he would get the opportunity against either of them.

Aug 31, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia, right, greets Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune of Denmark after a first round match on day two of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The 18-year-old added, “We miss those matches when they play against each other. But it’s good fun, also for the audience, to have some new blood into it and, and some new energy for sure. Also, for us, it’s fun, because we’re so young and we’ve always looked up to these guys and looked up to those tournaments to play them. And now we’re finally here. So it’s about giving everything we have and really doing as well as possible.”

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Coming to tennis, Federer and Nadal were on the sidelines for most of the season. On the other hand, Djokovic won three Grand Slam titles this season. At the moment, all three are tied on 20 Grand Slam titles each. It will be interesting to see how they perform in the upcoming season.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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