Holger Rune keeps indoor winning streak going in Basel

Holger Rune delighted

Dane Holger Rune continues his late-season surge on Wednesday at the Swiss Indoors Basel.

The teenager fired his way to a 6-2, 7-5 first-round win against Aussie Alex de Minaur.

After lifting his second ATP Tour title on Sunday in Stockholm, Rune picked up where he left off in Basel.

Rune won the match by being the more aggressive player and executed well, hitting 26 winners to seventh-seeded De Minaur’s nine during his 89-minute triumph.

It was the 19-year-old Dane’s second victory against De Minaur in the space of five days after he overcame the Australian in three sets in the Stockholm semi-finals on Saturday.

Rune also reached the final in Sofia at the beginning of the month, and now holds an 11-2 record on European indoor hard courts this Autumn.

The Dane, who will hope to maintain his form when he competes at November’s Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, is chasing his third tour-level title of the season (Munich, Stockholm) while it would be his first at ATP 500 level.

Rune began the week at a career-high World No 25 and today’s win elevates him to No. 23 in the ATP Live Rankings.

A deep run in Basel could see him break into the Top 20 for the first time. His next opponent in Switzerland will be Ugo Humbert, after the French qualifier downed Jenson Brooksby 6-1, 6-4.

Rune’s fellow Next Gen star Lorenzo Musetti, who also lifted his second ATP Tour title on Sunday with victory in Naples, could not join the Dane in the second round though as he went down to a veteran.

Spanish journeyman Albert Ramos-Vinolas held firm after a fast start from Musetti to record a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph against the young Italian.

Musetti struggled with injury through the match and had to call for the trainer between the second and third sets of the encounter.

The Spaniard goes on to face Alexander Bublik in the Round of 16.

Rune isn’t the only youngster on a tear in Basel.

Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated home hero Marc-Andrea Huesler for his personal-best ninth consecutive tour-level win.

He found the fast-paced conditions but was able to overcome.

“I think matches like this are tougher mentally, in a way,” said Auger-Aliassime in his on-court interview.

“Playing indoors, quick points, both of us serving really well. You need to stay locked in and focused for two hours… If you are able to seize one opportunity, you take a break.

“I was able to serve it out well at the end. It was tough to keep my focus, he was serving great, and being really aggressive. Not an easy match, but really happy to get through.”

Auger-Aliassime will take on Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic in the next round.

“We are around the same age, and we have played each other since we were juniors,” said Auger-Aliassime of Kecmanovic.

“The [whole] record is more than three matches, so we know each other really well. It’s always been tough matches for my part.

“I was able to get the win last time, but he’s a very complete player.

“He moves well, he’s explosive and has a great forehand and backhand. He can do anything, from cross-court, down the line, mix it up really well. He’s serving better and better, so I’ll see. It’s not going to be an easy one.”

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