Holger Rune keen to move on from Stan Wawrinka saga

Holger Rune during a match
Holger Rune stretches to play a shot

Holger Rune says that he wants to put his loss to Stan Wawrinka behind him and move on.

Rune and Wawrinka exchanged words after the match but the Dane isn’t holding a grudge.

He feels that he can learn from the defeat but doesn’t feel there is any benefit from dwelling on one big match loss.

Rune hopes to regain his late 2022 form as he hits the Miami Open.

“I didn’t play very well, but credit to Stan, he beat me,” said Rune in a chat with ATP Tour media.

“You have those kinds of matches sometimes, and you just have to learn a little bit from it and move on as quickly as possible.

“I’ve done that pretty well here [in Miami]. We’ve had a lot of good practice sessions, I feel ready, ready to go out there and have fun.

“It’s the last hard-court tournament before the clay season, so I’m just going to enjoy it as much as I can.”

Rune hopes for a longer Miami Open experience this season after injury hampered his tournament debut last season.

“I never played the junior tournaments [here], like the Orange Bowl, so I came here for the first time for a pre-season that Patrick [Mouratoglou] invited me to,” explained Rune.

“The second time was last year here. I only got to play 20 minutes, unfortunately I was injured, in the first round of qualifying, but now I’m here as the seventh seed so it’s a bit of a better feeling this year.

“I’ve played almost all the biggest tournaments in the main draws now. This is a very special tournament, so it’s definitely one I would like to see myself win in future. It’s a great event, I really enjoy being in Miami and I cannot wait to start.”

Rune acknowledged that he still has a lot to learn to unlock his full potential as a player.

“I think [I have reached] maybe 55 or 60 per cent [of my potential],” said Rune.

“I’m 19, so I feel like I have a lot to learn still. When I’m out there playing, I feel still like I can be a lot better, which is in a way nice but sometimes frustrating.

“I just have to look at it as a positive thing. I’m No. 8 in the world now, and I’ve reached I think maybe 55 or 60 per cent of my potential, so it’s a positive thing.”

Rune will face Marton Fucsovics or Pedro Cachin in his opening match in Miami in the Round of 64.

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