Rune denies trying to copy Federer – “My coach is not Roger”

Holger Rune denied trying to copy Roger Federer, saying that he tries to emulate all champions.

Rune won the 2019 French Open boys’ title in singles competition, and has had an upward trajectory chase since then. He had a spectacular 2021 season as well, and is set to begin 2022 in earnest.

The 18-year-old won five Challenger titles this year, and is currently sitting 103rd in the world, a career-best for him. His style is eerily similar to a certain Swiss maestro’s, but he wasn’t having that.

Rune denied trying to copy Federer, saying that he tries to add his own take on the game.

“Yeah, I have some good strengths in my game already now, because I have the aggressiveness in my game, but also, I’ve been playing a lot of matches on clay this year, which helped me to have been grinding through a lot of matches, which is also very important to be able to play on the tour with these guys,” he said, as quoted by Tennis World USA.

“Because you can’t hit winner on every point against these guys. So it’s important to have a bit of both.”

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Rune (pictured) is a breakout star. Source: tennisworldusa.org

Roger that

“What I’m trying to build with my team, and my coach is not exactly Roger, but something from him, stepping in on a return, coming forward to the net, and also be solid, because that’s something, for me, it’s very naturally (sic) to play from the baseline and be very solid from both sides and it’s about building something,” he continued.

“I would say I have all the shots, but it’s just about trusting them and be brave enough to come in at the right time.

“I would say either the forehand inside-out or the drop shot down the line I like.

Probably one of these is probably one of my best shot. And then backhand cross, of course, like, I can play that all day, I should say,” he concluded.

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