Denmark’s Holger Rune defeated Tim van Rijthoven 7-6(2), 7-6(6) in a tough first round match at the Sofia Open here on Tuesday. A very tough match was played between Rune and Van Rijthoven.
However, his ability to raise his level in a pair of tie-breaks ultimately proved decisive, ensuring that his first appearance at the ATP 250 indoor hard-court event was a success.
Rune said, “It feels good to win here. I practiced here for a few days, but I’m really enjoying my time. It was a tough first round, you never know who can play amazingly and What are the results? That’s why I am very happy to reach my career-high number 26 in the ATP rankings in August.”
“I didn’t want to go into three sets, which would be Metz champion Lorenzo Sonego or Bernabé Zapata Miralles in the next round,” Rune said.
The 19-year-old ran a stellar run in mid-2022, winning his first ATP Tour title in Munich and reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-finals at Roland Garros.
Despite struggling to support those results in the grass-court and North American hard-court seasons, the Dane is currently fourth in the ATP Live Race to Milan, as he qualified for November’s Next Gen ATP Finals for the second year in a row. want to do.
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