It looks like we have a new challenger ahead of the French Open Quarter-Finals v 8th seed Casper Ruud (Norway) in 19-year-old Holger Rune from Denmark, who upsetted World No.4 Stefanos Tsitsipas yesterday on Day 9 during the fourth round at Court Philippe-Chatrier. The opening two sets was tight between the two competitors with Rune started off well for the early lead while Tsitsipas tied 1-1 apiece. But Rune was too good in the 3rd set before he shut the door on Tsitsipas following another series of close duels; 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Commiserations from Tsitsipas with the shock defeat there. He really put in his absolute best during every game that helped earned his way as a Top 5 grand slam player, even though he hasn’t won any titles yet so far. Tsitsipas had to work his way from the opening set down where he almost held Rune back which would’ve gone towards the 5th & final set decider of this tie. However, it wasn’t his day when Tsitsipas just couldn’t match the consistency & execution that Holger Rune offered in the end.
And congratulations to Rune who emerged himself as the next elite grand slam star in the making from Copenhagen, Denmark. He played an really exceptional game that tested him well against a player with plenty of grand slam finals experience. The strong starts are shown through each and every set, as well as the response to fight back from the 2nd set down, before he held off a really competitive battle right through the wire where Rune’s patience and fight helped knock down one of the current Top-5 ranked players in Tsitsipas. What a moment it has been from this rising star!