Boris Becker said Holger Rune is like a Novak Djokovic

The German coach shared words of praise for his player, comparing him to the Serbian champion

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Boris Becker said Holger Rune is like a Novak Djokovic
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Holger Rune is playing right now against Jannik Sinner, in the match in which the Dane is trying to qualify for the semifinals of the ATP Finals. Rune, together with Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner, makes up the trio of the youngest competing in Turin for the year-end Masters.

In recent months, the Dane has demonstrated an important talent which has allowed him to win important titles, despite his young age. His new coach, Boris Becker, who arrived at his side just over a month ago, immediately set to work to help him become a top player.

The German coach on the Eurosport Germany podcast, Das Gelbe vom Ball, spoke about his player: "I see him as a rough diamond that needs to be polished. Ultimately I love the sport of tennis. And when one of the most twenty-year-olds strongest in the world asks me if I'm interested, anyone who says no has nothing to do with sport." The former Slam champion sees in the Scandinavian talent a tennis player he has already coached in the past, Novak Djokovic: "I like those emotional outbursts on the court.

Nole was the same, sometimes he wasn't entirely sane." As I told you at the beginning of the article, Rune is challenging Jannik Sinner in the last round of the group, in a match that promises to be spectacular. If Djokovic had beaten Hubert Hurckacz with the result 2-0, only one of the two would advance, but the Serb won in three sets, qualifying Sinner and putting his own qualification at risk On the eve of the match against the Italian, Holger talked: "Sinner? I won't say his weaknesses.

I know what can bother him on the court, but that's not how tennis works. We don't talk about these things. I think he has many strengths to outweigh the weaknesses. I don't like calling them weaknesses. I have my weaknesses too.

I think Sinner has achieved his best results on hard courts, but I don't think there's a surface I'd rather face him on. Like Carlos Alcaraz, he is an all-court player. He can do what he wants: he plays the forehand, backhand and net shots well. He also moves very well. It will certainly be more difficult to face him in Italy."

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