Rune aims for Australian Open triumph and Novak Djokovic clash



by SEDEDIN DEDOVIC

Rune aims for Australian Open triumph and Novak Djokovic clash
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Holger Rune, the 20-year-old Danish tennis star, is already looking ahead to the 2024 season and has set his sights on achieving "excellent results on concrete." In an interview, Rune said that his biggest victory in the next season would be to defeat Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open.

"That's why my choice would be to defeat Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open," Rune said. A young Dane has always been a fan of Djokovic, and he said that he accepts everything that the Serbian legend has said about him as a "great compliment." "Novak has achieved everything we dream of," Rune said.

Rune has been working with Boris Becker, Djokovic's former coach, for about a month now, and he said that it has been a very beneficial experience. "It is very important for me to have someone with me who has great playing experience," Rune said.

"Every time we train, I learn something new. Whenever I'm interested in something, I ask him and get an excellent answer."

Rune is very satisfied with his coach

He said that he expects a lot from Becker, and he is confident that the German can help him through difficult moments.

"In every year so far, I have gone through difficult moments and I expect him to help me through that," Rune said. "It will depend on him whether I should take a vacation, whether I should increase my training, or whether I should reduce it.

I also have to learn to be even stronger psychologically." The Dane said that he believes he has one important similarity with Becker: they both feel great on the biggest stages. "I feel great on the biggest stages," Rune said.

"The ambience is amazing. Maybe because I am very passionate about tennis, I feel even better when there are people in the stands who feel the same passion. It brings me something extra." Rune is certainly one to watch in 2024, and it will be interesting to see if he can achieve his goal of defeating Djokovic in the Australian Open final.

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