Rising Danish star Holger Rune, 18, practiced with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic when he was just 14 and he learned a lot from that practice session.
Rune, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 108 in the world, is one of the most promising players on the Tour.
“Djokovic asked me the first time I practiced with him (I think I was 14 years old and I was a hitting partner for him in Monaco) if I liked the way I played tennis. And I said yes. And he said good, that’s important,” Rune told Sporrskeeda. “At that time I thought it was a little strange but later I have thought about it and it is very important to like your tennis. Not only playing tactically or playing what your coach tells you works best, but also playing your own tennis. The tennis that makes me happy.”
Djokovic gave Rune some pretty good advice
Rune insists Djokovic gives more advice to future generations than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
“Djokovic has told me many good things. It’s funny because it’s always Federer and Nadal that are mentioned as the good guys but in terms of the future generations, I think Djokovic is the most giving. I haven’t heard Federer or Nadal giving too much advice to the young players, maybe they do to the youngsters from their countries. But according to me, Djokovic is the most giving,” Rune added.
Rune had a chance to play Djokovic on Arthur Ashe Stadium at this past US Open.
Rune won a set before falling shoer in four sets to the Serb.
“Is there something called first class? Then this is it. It is an amazing life and I love it. No doubt that it is something very special playing on the big stages. The matches are still a fight but looking back, especially at the US Open, it can still give me goosebumps,” Rune said.