Holger Rune was knocked out of the Australian Open in the cruelest fashion

Moments ago, crashed out of the in the most agonizing fashion. experts agreed that they have never seen anything like it in the history of .

Rune let a 5-0 lead slip in the deciding set tiebreaker, where the first to 10 is the win, but that wasn’t why Rune will feel as sick as a parrot trying to rationalize how he lost this .

No one can rationalize it – it was simply too bizarre.

Danesker went into shock
At 10-9 in the tiebreak on match point, Rune’s Russian opponent – who, at 25, is six years older than the Dane and ranked four places higher at number five – thought he had hit his answer in the net, and he did. actually hit the headband at the top.

But instead of leaping into his lane, it did the impossible, violently changing direction to spin into Rune’s side, just inside the line, barely a meter from the foot of the net.

Rublev sank to the floor in disbelief, but to his credit he immediately apologized as he came to the net to hug his stunned opponent. Rune was in shock, but took it well. Overall, his temperament seems to be much improved from the beginning of last year.

Pundits: The game was Rune’s for the taking
The outrageous luck allowed Rublev to see out a five-set victory 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, but Eurosport pundits afterwards agreed that Rune should have progressed .

Not only did he lead the tiebreak 5-0 thanks to mini-breaks, but he also served for the match at 5-3 and they squandered two match points at 6-5 on Rublev’s serve.

That service game, more than any other game, summed up his inexperience and lack of quality when the going gets tough: his 4-2 and 5-5 service games were executed with astonishing efficiency, but when he needed it most, he was broken to love: just the whimper of the match on his grace.

Expert: Rune is a genius
Multiple grand slam winner Mats Wilander echoed Becker’s thoughts in the analysis after the match: The rune forehand is simply too unorthodox to withstand the pressure from the big points.

His technique, especially the shape of his shoulders as he is the ball, makes him too stiff at times when he badly needs fluidity.

Otherwise, Wilander believes there are strong indications that Rune is a genius who never stops thinking creatively – his surprise rocket second serve is a prime example – and that he is surely destined for greatness.

Today’s defeat, the Swede concludes, is simply part of the “learning process”.

Source: The Nordic Page


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