Rune Saves Matchpoints To Fight Off Van De Zandschulp For Repeat Munich Title

by Staff | April 23rd, 2023, 3:22 pm
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Fellow teen Carlos Alcaraz completed his title defense in Barcelona, so too did 19-year-old Holger Rune in Munich.

Rune had a much, much tougher affair in a rematch with Botic Van De Zandschulp who he beat last year for his first career title. Today, Rune had to save four match points to win a thriller 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(7-3).

Incredibly, the Dutchman led 5-2, 40-15 with two championship points and a first career ATP title in the grasp when Rune roared back. He not only overcame Van De Zandschulp but also an arm issue and a rolled ankle during one of the comebacks of the season.

“I was feeling really exhausted but I was fighting until the end and I tried everything I could to come back into the match,” Rune told the ATP. “I think for the crowd it was the perfect final. We really pushed each other to the limit and I am super happy I defended the title today.

“It is the last match and the last push, so you try to find a way,” Rune said. “It could help me a little bit to not be as hurt. It was a struggle but I managed to get it done.”

Van De Zandschulp shook off the dissapointment of those two missed match points at 5-2 and the next three games. He would break Rune again but once more when asked to serve it out at 6-5, 40-15 he wasn’t up to the job.

Rune captures his 4th career title in his 7th final. It’s his first of the season. Rune turns 20 on the 29th. Alcaraz turns 20 next week.

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One Comment for Rune Saves Matchpoints To Fight Off Van De Zandschulp For Repeat Munich Title

tennismonger Says:

Ouch, those highlights should have come with trigger warnings…poor Botic! He’s a massive ballstriker, but when opportunity knocks…well, that’s the big difference between him and a guy like Holger Rune. Hope Botic’s team can help get his head straight asap.

That said, I’d been thinking that Rune reminded me of Nole in his younger days, but no, I’m gonna extend that to Jimmy Connors. Rune knows what he wants, knows how to get it & adds a touch of mischief/head games to the proceedings to boot!

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