Former US tennis star Jimmy Arias believes Holger Rune can be “a very dangerous player” when he is fit, adding that he sees a certain similarity between Rune’s rise and that of Emma Raducanu. Last year, Raducanu was ranked No. 150 in the world when she won the US Open and was ranked in the top 30.
Raducanu continued his rise after the US Open and broke into the top 10 this year as well. The 19-year-old Rune reached four straight finals during this year’s indoor season, with his biggest victory coming at the Paris Masters. Rune, who entered October just outside the top 30, now enjoys a career-high ranking of hers as No. 10 in the world.
Arias sees similarities between the rise of Rune and Raducanu
“Well, it would be interesting to me if, it might not happen at all, he could take off from here and be a Top-5 player and win consistently, but it usually takes longer to get to the Top-10 than it basically did. in a month.
He went from tour-solid player to Top 10 in a span of four weeks, that seems ‘Raducanu-ish’ to me but obviously not on the same level,” Arias said on Tennis Channel’s Inside-In podcast, according to Sportskeeda. In the Masters final, Rune rallied from a set down to defeat Djokovic 3-6 6-3 7-5.
In the 12th game of the third set, when Rune was serving for the match, she saved six break points before converting her second match point. “Yeah, surprisingly, he started playing tight in the last game, a little bit of the part that I was seeing, he wasn’t very bold on some of his shots and I was surprised that Djokovic didn’t break it.
He’s obviously had his chances and he didn’t convert any,” Arias said. Now the 19-year-old Rune is in Turin, where he is a substitute at the ATP Finals.