In a riveting showdown at the China Open in Beijing, tennis prodigy Holger Rune showcased his undeniable talent by decisively ending a four-match slump. This Friday saw the young star make a triumphant return with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against the formidable Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Following his laudable performance at Wimbledon, Rune encountered a rough patch, having not played since his late-August appearance at the US Open. Drawing World No. 15 Auger-Aliassime for his first match in Beijing could have been perceived as unlucky, yet Rune, undeterred, rendered an impeccable 84-minute performance at the Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Center's illustrious Diamond court.
After the game, an elated Rune shared, “It’s rejuvenating to be back and in good form. The past few weeks have been challenging, both physically and with match setups. Today, I felt genuinely connected to the game and am extremely satisfied with my performance.”
Commending Rune's first victory post-Wimbledon, the ATP Tour tweeted a captivating moment from the match, highlighting Rune's exceptional skill.
Rune's Resurgence Ahead of Finals
What's noteworthy is that Rune’s wins now tip the scales to 2-1 in his favor in the Lexus ATP Head2Head series against Auger-Aliassime. Felix, despite a lackluster year, recently showcased a glimpse of his brilliance by aiding Team World in clinching the Laver Cup. Rune, sidelined from the event due to a back injury, expressed his satisfaction with how he performed in Beijing's challenging conditions.
Looking ahead, Beijing might be a significant step for Rune as he ambitiously eyes a spot in the Nitto ATP Finals. Currently, he holds a precarious position, just above the cut-off in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin.
Up next for Rune is a face-off against Grigor Dimitrov, who recently clinched his spot by defeating Mackenzie McDonald.
In another surprising turn of events, Nicolas Jarry clinched a third Top 10 win this season, overpowering Stefanos Tsitsipas in a 6-4, 6-4 showdown. Demonstrating commendable prowess, Jarry is on an impressive 32-15 run this season.
While Jarry preps for his impending clash against Italian Matteo Arnaldi, Alexander Zverev advances after his win against Diego Schwartzman. Zverev's focus remains unwavering as he eyes another deep run in Beijing to bolster his chances at the Nitto ATP Finals, currently placed seventh in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin.