Losing to Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals is hardly the most disappointing thing you can do in tennis. Just being at the ATP Finals is a huge deal for Rune, who earned his place with a late-season push.
It happened literally in the weeks leading up to the ATP Finals after Rune struggled for multiple weeks before. He was 1-9 in his last 10 matches ahead of Becker taking over and it's been a really solid time since then.
He's playing better and better and, more importantly, found his confidence again. Some have described the partnership as a match made in heaven, and so far, that rings true. As for Rune, he gave his verdict after his maiden ATP Finals match.
It's great. It's really good. I mean, of course he's right there. He's been there many, many times himself, which helps. He can give out from his experience, give that to me on how to handle the things on the court, off the court. Yeah, I mean, we still in the tournament, so let's continue to fight.
The next match is going to be a huge one for the Danish rising star. He's facing Jannik Sinner, whom he bested earlier this year, but this one is coming at a time when Sinner might be playing some of his best tennis. The event is also on Italian soil, so the Italian will get all the support.
If Rune wins, he'll have a chance to advance to the semi-finals, but if he doesn't win, then he's most likely out. The match is equally important for Sinner who will advance if he wins so buckle up, it's going to be a good one.