The Danish star played his first match since January when he exited the Australian Open second round stage to Arthur Cazaux. Rune returned to winning ways with a strong performance against Spanish qualifier Pablo Llamas Ruiz to advance into the quarterfinal of the tournament.
Rune is the top seed at the event after taking a late wild card. This is the second year in a row that he is playing in Montpellier after a semifinal run on his debut in 2023. By virtue of his 7-5, 6-2 win over Llamas Ruiz, Rune joined a gaudy list of players who won their 100th tour-level match before their 21st birthday.
The four-time ATP titlist will turn 21 in April and joins the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Alexander Zverev, Carlos Alcaraz, and newly-crowned Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner for this distinction.
The list bears 13 names of ATP players who have conquered this landmark, although it only counts the record since 2000. Nevertheless, it is a special win for Rune, who is destined to achieve big things in his career.
After falling short in Brisbane, he will be the favorite to win his first title of the new season this week. Rune also seeks to win his first title while working with his new coach, Kenneth Carlsen, who replaced Severin Luthi.
The Swiss coach departed Rune's camp after just 41 days, shocking many in the tennis world. But there was no bad blood between them, with Rune's mother and manager Aneke confirming that it was due to a scheduling disagreement.
Rune will play his quarterfinal match in Montepllier against USA's Michael Mmoh on Friday evening. It will be the first career meeting on the ATP Tour between them.