Patrick Mouratoglou explains the prep strategy that helped Holger Rune win the Paris Masters

Patrick MuratogluNew name to the coaching staff of the 19-year-old Dane Holger Rune In his latest ATP Tennis Radio Podcast, he discussed the strategies his teams are working on and how he looks forward to working with him. The current world No.11 had an outstanding season where he won 3 titles, including the ATP-1000 Masters in Paris.

The French coach began to explain how his dream run at the Paris Masters came true, beating 5 Top 10 players in a row to clinch the championship. In his words, “I see Paris as a result of what happened in the previous weeks. What happened made a difference in Holger’s game. I think his recent work has helped him be very clear about what his game is about, what his strengths are about and focus on that during matches and have a very clear game plan, this is the first time.

Mouratoglou then analyzed the mental aspects of the game and how important it is to keep your head up when things aren’t going your way. According to him, “Second, he has improved a lot in dealing with emotions during matches. This is a challenge for all players, we all know that tennis is very challenging to deal with all the emotions you experience throughout the match. Holger was young and something he struggled with..

He went on to describe how the 19-year-old learned to stay calm and continue to thrive, “I think he’s been a lot more in control of his emotions lately and can handle them better when they go a little too far. That’s why he’s accomplished so much in these tournaments.

The French also touched on the need for match training to allow players to have more room for improvement.”Also to have a much clearer game plan and experience throughout the matches. There is no substitute for matches. I think the matches are a moment where you can do a lot of work because if you prepare well for the matches, you can improve a lot of things during the matches. That’s what he did and that’s why he’s been so successful in matches.“.

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Incredible season of Holger Rune

Holger Rune - IMAGO / IP3press
Holger Rune – IMAGO / IP3pres

Hoger Rune’s meteoric rise reached new heights as the 19-year-old made an impressive comeback to defeat Novak Djokovic in the 2022 Paris Masters final. However, before his incredible run in Paris, the rising Dane showed outstanding form in other major tournaments.

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He won the title at the Stockholm Open by beating Greek World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas on the straights. Then, Canada advanced to the finals of the Basel Open before losing to World No.6. Felix Auger Aliassime. He then started the 2022 Paris Masters tournament in 18th place in the World.

His first-round win against Stan Wawrinka was the toughest game he had to deal with because he was just one point away from losing in the first round of the tournament, and he did so without winning a set. He had to save two match points behind 15-40 and 4-5 in the second set. The second round victory was against Poland World No.10. Hubert Hurkaczthen Russia World No.9 came Andrey Rublev in the third round

His quarter-final victory was against the Spanish World No.1. carlos alcaraz, which again defies the odds. Semi-final victory over Canada World No.8 Felix Auger Aliassime (6-4.6-2) is even more special because the latter had a 16-game winning streak, including the World No. carlos alcaraz.

In the final, in one of the most exciting matches of the season, which ended in 3 sets after 2 hours 34 minutes, he eliminated Serbian Great Novak Djokovic (3-6.6-3,7-5). The victory demonstrated the mental toughness of the Dane, who saved 10 of his 12 breaking points against one of the game’s best returning players.

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