Holger Rune’s impressive growth in one chart as he confirms Patrick Mouratoglou will stay on

Holger Rune during a match

Just over a year ago Holger Rune made his breakthrough in the ATP top 100, but his development has been so prodigious that he is now the top seed at events and someone with a target on his back.

The Dane started the 2022 season at No 103 in the ATP Rankings, but by February he had climbed to No 88 before he made a big jump into the top 50 after winning his maiden title at the Bavarian Championships.

The rise continued as by June he broke into the top 30 on the back of reaching the French Open quarter-final yet bigger and better things were to follow. He enjoyed a brilliant October as he reached three finals, winning the Stockholm Open by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final before he capped off the year by beating Novak Djokovic in the final of the Paris Masters.

He briefly jumped into the top 10 for the first time before finishing the campaign at No 11, but he is now up to ninth after a run to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

A tweet from Rune highlighted just how impressive his rise has been over the past 12 months.

Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who has coached Serena Williams and Simona Halep, described Rune’s growth as “impressive” on Twitter.

Mouratoglou, of course, has also been coaching the Dane as he joined the set-up at the backend of the 2022 season and that partnership will continue.

“We’re going to continue, yes,” Rune confirmed this week. “Last year was obviously great. This year has been very good, too. And it’s nice to have him by my side. We have very good time together, together with Lars (Christensen) and my mum. The whole team is improving, everybody is open and I’m happy how I’ve built my team.”

The 19-year-old managed another first this week as he is top seed at the ATP 250 Open Sud de France in Montpellier – ahead of Jannik Sinner – and he faces rising Swiss star Marc-Andrea Huesler in the second round on Wednesday.

“I’m ready for it,” he said. “It’s going to be more like everybody who is going to play me wants to beat me even more than last year. But that’s fine. I mean, it shows that I did well and it’s a positive thing.

“Obviously it’s going to be harder matches from now on because I’m, in a way, supposed to win more matches than I was last year.

“But, as we all know, everybody can play extremely good on the tour. And if I’m not there [playing my best], I’m going to lose. So I have to be 100 percent ready to play my best tennis in every match. And if I don’t, I have to try to find solutions and be ready to fight.

He added: “I’m still young, so I don’t consider myself as having to win [constantly], but obviously I’m the first [seed] of the tournament.”

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