Holger Rune stated his surge up the world rankings in a stellar 12 months felt surreal, however the Danish teenager is absolutely centered on constructing on the momentum in 2023 as he gears up for the season’s first Grand Slam in Australia.
The 19-year-old received three titles in 2022, together with his first ATP Masters 1000 crown in Paris, the place he defeated 21-times main champion Novak Djokovic within the last after getting previous 4 different top-10 gamers alongside the way in which.
Rune begins his season on Sunday in opposition to Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka on the Adelaide Worldwide, a event the place he was ranked 103 in January. The ATP Newcomer of the 12 months admitted his rise to quantity 11 felt dreamlike.
“Yeah, it’s occurred rather a lot. I nonetheless bear in mind once I was right here one 12 months in the past and to be right here at a distinct rating and completely different every little thing, it feels nice. It’s been a fantastic season,” Rune instructed a information convention on Saturday when requested if 2022 felt “surreal”.
“Clearly some ups and downs, as effectively, however all in all, I maintain enhancing, maintain believing and I’m completely satisfied the place I’m proper now. However nonetheless I wish to proceed to do higher.”
Rune stated he had prolonged his partnership with Patrick Mouratoglou, who initially got here on board as his coach in October till the tip of the 12 months, with the famous Frenchman now set to work with him on the Australian Open.
“It’s nice to have him in my crew. We’ve got a number of enjoyable each on and off the court docket and he’s a extremely good coach. He’s coming with a number of good recommendation to me, each mentally, tennis, every little thing,” Rune stated.
Rune stated his 2022 exploits meant he had earned the respect of his opponents however there was additionally a goal on his again.
“However I don’t actually give it some thought. I simply suppose it’s nice that I maintain believing, working, enhancing and that’s actually what I concentrate on,” Rune stated.
“Each different participant on the tour and that performs in Melbourne is sweet… Each match goes to be powerful and I’m excited to take the problem.”