Acapulco, March 3.- The lower part of the main draw suffered surprise exits, both the elimination of Casper Ruud and the retirement of Matteo Berrettini. However, Holger Rune raises his hand as the main favorite for the title in that section. For the Dane, the crowd has been a factor, as has his concentration.
“I think the fans are amazing, they have shown me a lot of support at times, they have great energy. I really enjoy playing in Mexico,” Rune recalls about his first participation in a professional tournament in our country.
Regarding what he might encounter with De Minaur, Holger remembers the times he has had to face him and the complex challenge that the Australian means. He recognizes that he will have to be focused to have a chance of taking the match.
“I expect a tough match. Alex always offers tough matches. I played against him twice last year, it was very tough. I have to be 100%, be sharp, take the things I did well today for tomorrow and go for it, that’s what I did today,” Rune said.
“At the moment I take one match at a time. I try to focus on tomorrow’s match. I don’t even remember who are in the other semifinal, so I just focus on Alex tomorrow. I have to be 100% focused on my thing, go out and have fun,” expressed the Dane.
Beyond Matteo’s withdrawal on Thursday night, Holger highlights the good level he showed against one of the toughest opponents of the tournament. He then commented that he will need to be just as focused for his semifinal match.
“I was feeling very good. I think I was playing very disciplined, very solid, I was sticking to the tactic almost every point. Very happy with how I handled the situation. Naturally wish Berrettini the best, it’s never good to end a match like that but if I look at it from my side I played a very solid match,” Holger explained.