Patrick Mouratoglou explains two key aspects that have helped turn Holger Rune into a world beater
Holger Rune has gone from outside the top 100 in the ATP Rankings to winning tournaments and being one of the in-form players on the Tour and his coach Patrick Mouratoglou believes there are two reasons for his improvement.
The Dane surged into the top 10 this week after winning the biggest title of his career, the Paris Masters, with a three-set victory over 21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic in the final.
It was an impressive week in Paris-Bercy for the teenager as he defeated three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, 10th seed Hubert Hurkacz, seventh seed Andrey Rublev and eighth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime. World No 1 Carlos Alcaraz retired from their quarter-final with the score 6-3, 6-6 in the Scandinavian’s favour.
But it wasn’t just the Paris Masters where he excelled as he also won the Stockholm Open and finished runner-up at the Sofia Open and Swiss Indoors, beating the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Cameron Norrie and Jannik Sinner.
Rune has been part of the Mouratoglou Academy in Nice since 2016 and in October he started working closely with founder and owner Patrick.
Naturally the Mouratoglou feels the teenager’s mentality and structured approach to games have been key to his rise.
“I couldn’t say that something changed throughout the months. He’s had ups and downs. There was a very much up in Roland Garros, and then there was a low. He had nine losses in a row after Roland Garros. It was very low,” he said.
“What has changed is more during the last weeks, he’s found two things. First of all, he managed to control his emotions. That was very important. That has allowed him to win the match today. He was very close to being defeated.
“If he was broken during the first set, then it’s not the same match. Every time he didn’t panic. He managed to remain focused, to find the right keys. He’s gotten actually outstanding mental capacities. Before he could not manage his emotions enough.
“Now he’s more stable from an emotional point of view during the match, so he manages to be mentally stronger. It was this tournament that was the key, but before that, he had managed to find it already and managed the match even before that as well.
“When you are actually Love-40 and you manage to overturn the match, it’s actually very important, because he’s not very tall. He’s not 2 meters 10, like other players. His level of play is more structured. It’s very hard to be consistent throughout a match and throughout a season.
“When you don’t have a clear vision of your game we have to go through phases, even if it was a case today, there were defensive stages, but the extremes were higher, and he could be on a defensive approach throughout the whole match.
“So he’s more structured. There is still a lot of work to achieve, but he managed to reach every milestone. In January he already had all the capacities, but then when you actually have a winning streak, it’s easier.”
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