Following withdrawal from the Miami Open 2021, World No.1 Novak Djokovic is preparing himself ahead of the clay-court season. Meanwhile, Serb said yes to Danish rising star Holger Rune for training on the gravel surface.
Earlier this month, the 17-year-old made his ATP Tour debut at the Argentina Open. Afterwards, he played his first-ever quarter-final at the Chile Open, upsetting No.2 seed Benoit Paire in straight sets.
However, when Holger Rune asked the 18-time Grand Slam about clay-court training, Djokovic replied, “Hello Holger. Yes, we can practice.”
On the other hand, World Junior No.1 is excited about his training sessions with one of the world’s greatest players.
“It’s getting fat. He’s number one in the world, so it’s getting pretty big, even though I’ve tried to train with him. I wrote to him on Instagram to be completely honest. Whether he was in Monaco or the area, for I saw that he had withdrawn from Miami. Then he wrote back,” Rune stated in a recent interview with Sport.tv2.
“It Will Be Good Sparring For Me”: Holger Rune
2019 Junior French Open title winner further emphasised that he never has played with Djokovic on the clay surface and hopes it will be a pleasant experience for him.
Danish continued, “It is awesome. It also gives me confidence because he does not bother to train with anyone. I can not play with a better player. He is number one in the world. It will be good sparring for me.”(Quotes Have Been Translated Into English Via Google Translator)
“I have never tried to play with him (Djokovic, ed.) On gravel, so it will also be cool to see how it is. I know he puts a lot of stop balls, so I have to move a lot. It’s getting fat,” Holger added.
Novak Djokovic Has An Insanely Good Hit, says Rune
World No.317 believes he will play his best and try to take a set from the six-time year-end No.1.
Holger further said, “He hits the ball so cleanly. It’s crazy. He has an insanely good hit and does not miss many balls, so he is cool to train with. You get a good rhythm.”
“You play lots of training sets. I hope he would like that so I can see if I can take a set from him. Now I have gained some experience at that level and know that the difference is not that big either. There are some small things with the choices they make under different situations, but I believe I can at least play with him,” he concluded.
According to the report, Novak Djokovic and Holger Rune will train on Wednesday in Monaco.