Rune’s Challenging Path to Dethrone Djokovic: Insights from Boris Becker

Boris Becker’s protégé probably couldn’t have chosen a tougher duel in Melbourne. Djokovic won the Australian Open ten times (a record), and the Serb did not lose any of his finals at the Happy Slam.

Rune, on the other hand, played at the first Grand Slam tournament for the first time in 2022. At that time he was eliminated in the first round. At the beginning of this year, the 20-year-old made it to the round of 16, where he lost to Andrey Rublev after a five-set thriller (3:6, 6:3, 3:6, 6:4, 6:7).

So far in his career, Rune has reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament three times (French Open 2022, 2023 and Wimbledon 2023).

“I’ve done very well on clay, grass and indoors, so now it’s time to show my hard court tennis outdoors,” said the world number eight about his record so far.

Becker exclusive: “Rune faster than 98 percent of all players”

This year Rune won an ATP tournament. He defended his title at the clay court event in Munich. After all, his record against Djokovic is pretty even: Rune has won two of five duels so far.

Now it’s about exploiting Rune’s potential, emphasized Becker in the podcast conversation with Eurosport. “The art is to get the horsepower out there. The power that he has, that he shows in training and sometimes in matches, has to be there constantly, because then he plays faster than 98 percent of all players.”

The Yellow of the Ball – Eurosport’s tennis podcast:

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