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Holger Rune

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Full name: Holger Vitus Nødskov Rune
Alias: Holger Vitus Nødskov Rune
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Bio He is a Danish professional tennis player.
Rune has won four ATP Tour singles titles, including a Masters 1000 title at the 2022 Paris Masters, and produced his best Grand Slam performance at the 2022 French Open by reaching the quarterfinals in his main draw debut at the tournament. As a junior, Rune was ranked as high as world No. 1 and won ten titles on the ITF Junior Circuit, including the 2019 French Open boys' title. After turning professional in 2020, he won five titles on the ITF World Tennis Tour and five on the ATP Challenger Tour and made his top 100 debut in the 2022. Three months later, Rune reached his first ATP Tour final at the 2022 Bavarian International Tennis Championships, where he won his first title and subsequently entered into the top 50. By winning the Paris Masters later that year, Rune made his top 10 debut and became the first player on record (since ATP Rankings began in 1973) to beat five top-10 opponents in the same event (outside the ATP Finals).

Rune was born to Aneke Rune and Anders Nødskov. He began playing tennis at the age of 6 because his sister played and he started to take the sport seriously. Throughout his childhood, he was coached by Lars Christensen, and along with his mother, he is credited as his biggest inspiration. His idols growing up were fellow tennis players Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

In 2014, he became Danish U12 champion in mixed doubles with Clara Tauson.
He started training at the Mouratoglou Academy in 2016.
In 2017, he won the European U14 singles championship.
At age 15, he became the youngest Danish male singles champion by winning the 2019 indoor tournament.
On June 8, 2019 Rune defeated Toby Alex Kodat to win the 2019 French Open boys' singles title. Holger received a wildcard and won a match at the 2019 Blois ATP Challenger in June. At the time, he was 16 years, 1 month and 18 days old. Holger also competed in the 2019 Amersfoort Challenger in July where he captured his second ATP Challenger match win.
On October 28, 2019 he achieved a ITF juniors ranking of World No. 1 after he defeated Harold Mayot to win the ITF Junior Finals. Rune served as a practice partner at the 2019 ATP Finals.

Holger officially turned pro in 2020 at the age of 16. At the 2020 Auckland Open, Rune received a wildcard into the qualifying draw but lost to Vasek Pospisil in straight sets.
In July 2020, Holger became the youngest player to compete at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS), where he was defeated by French player Corentin Moutet.
In September 2020, Rune won his first ITF title at an M25 event in Switzerland. He would make three more ITF finals by the end of 2020, winning two of the three.
In October 2020, Rune received a wildcard to the ATP Challenger 80 in Puente Romano in Marbella, AnyTech365 Marbella Tennis Open. He lost 1–2 (6–1, 4–6, 4–6) in the first round to Elliot Benchetrit.

Rune made three more ITF finals at the start of 2021, winning one.
In March 2021, Rune made his ATP debut as a wildcard in the Argentina Open. He lost in the first round to 5th seeded Albert Ramos Viñolas in 3 sets. At the Chile Open the next week, Rune was accepted into the qualifying draw as a wildcard. He went on to win the qualifying round and record his first ATP match win against Sebastián Báez in straight sets. He would then follow this up with his first top 30 victory over Benoît Paire in straight sets to reach his first ATP quarterfinal, where he would lose to Federico Delbonis in straight sets. At the age of 17, he became the youngest ATP Tour quarterfinalist since 2014.

In June 2021, Rune won his first ATP Challenger title in Biella. His victory was overshadowed by homophobic slurs he made during his semifinal match. The ATP investigated his actions, and he was fined for his actions.

In July 2021, Rune received another wave of wildcards into several clay-court events during the summer clay-court swing. These events include the Swedish Open, Croatia Open, and Austrian Open Kitzbühel. He posted a few more match wins in these tournaments, which boosted his ranking to a career-high of No. 145 on August 23, 2021 after winning the 2021 Verona Challenger in Italy, making him the second-youngest male player in the top 150.

Rune entered the 2021 US Open Qualifying as the 24th seed. He won all three of his qualifying matches to qualify for the 2021 US Open for his grand slam debut. He played world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the first round, where he lost the first set and won the second set in a tiebreak but started to cramp late in the third set and eventually lost the match 1–6, 7–6(5), 2–6, 1–6.

Rune made his second ATP quarterfinal at the Moselle Open, after qualifying for the main draw. He double-bageled lucky loser Bernabé Zapata Miralles in the first round, and then upset fifth seed Lorenzo Sonego in the second round in three sets to make the quarterfinals. He lost in the quarterfinals to second seed Pablo Carreño Busta in three sets.

On November 4,2021, Rune qualified for the 2021 Next Generation ATP Finals. He finished the year ranked No. 103 in the ATP rankings.

Rune made his debut in the top 100 of the ATP singles rankings on January 17, 2022 at world No. 99, making him the second youngest male player after Carlos Alcaraz to be ranked in the top 100. At the 2022 Open 13, he reached his first career ATP semifinal in the doubles tournament with partner Hugo Gaston, defeating top seeds Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Polish pair Szymon Walków and Jan Zieliński before losing to eventual champions Andrey Rublev and Denys Molchanov.

In April, Rune received a wild card to the Bavarian International Tennis Championships, where he defeated world No. 3 Alexander Zverev in the second round for his first top 10 win in his career in straight sets to advance to his third ATP quarterfinal. He then overcame Emil Ruusuvuori and Oscar Otte to reach his first career ATP singles final. There, his opponent, Botic van de Zandschulp, was forced to retire with chest pain with the scoreline at 3–4, leading the 70th-ranked Rune to become the tournament's third youngest champion in the Open Era after Guillermo Perez-Roldan in 1987. The title propelled Rune into the top 50 on May 2, 2022.

The following month, Rune made his main draw debut at the French Open, where he shocked 14th seed Denis Shapovalov in the first round before defeating Henri Laaksonen and Gaston in the second and third rounds, respectively, all in straight sets. He then stunned fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to earn his third win of the season over a top 15 player to reach his first career Grand Slam quarterfinal, making him the first Danish man in singles to reach the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era. There, he succumbed to Casper Ruud in four sets, but the achievement landed Rune inside the world's top 30.

Rune did not win a match between the French Open and Washington. In Washington, as the 9th seed, he beat Benoît Paire in the second round before losing to wildcard J.J. Wolf in the third round. In Montreal, Rune beat Fabio Fognini in straight sets in the first round, then lost to eventual champion Pablo Carreño Busta in the second round. In Cincinnati, Rune lost to 9th seed Cameron Norrie in the first round. At the US Open, Rune beat Peter Gojowczyk and received a walkover from John Isner to reach the third round, where he lost again to Norrie.

He reached his second ATP final in Sofia, beating Tim van Rijthoven, Lorenzo Sonego and Ilya Ivashka, then moved on to the final after defending champion and top seed Jannik Sinner retired in the middle of their match due to injury. He lost to Marc-Andrea Hüsler in the final. As a result he qualified for the 2022 Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan on September 30.

He reached his third final at the 2022 Stockholm Open by defeating fifth seed Alex de Minaur. As a result he reached the top 25 in the rankings on October 24, 2022. He won his second title defeating top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. The following week at the next tournament in Basel he beat again seventh seeded Alex de Minaur in the first round. He reached the final defeating two Frenchmen Ugo Humbert and Arthur Rinderknech, and then sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the semifinals. As a result he made his top 20 debut in the rankings at No. 18 on October 31, 2022. He became only the fourth man born in the 2000s to reach the Top 20 in the ATP rankings.

He saved three match points in his opening match against Wawrinka on his debut at the 2022 Rolex Paris Masters. He then defeated four top-10 players in a row: 10th seed Hubert Hurkacz, world No. 9 and 7th seed Andrey Rublev, World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, and world No. 8 Félix Auger-Aliassime, to reach his first Masters 1000 and fourth final in a row. It was his 18th tour-level win in 20 matches. He defeated 6th seed and world No. 7 defending champion Novak Djokovic, his fifth top-10 win in a row, to win his first Masters 1000 title, the youngest champion in Paris since Boris Becker in 1986. He became the first man to beat five top-10 opponents in the same event (excluding the ATP Finals). As a result he moved into the top 10 in the rankings on November 7, 2022. He also moved one position up as first alternate for the 2022 ATP Finals and on the same day, on November 6, 2022, he decided to withdraw from the 2022 Next Generation ATP Finals.

Following his semifinal showing at the Mexican Open, he moved up two spots in the singles rankings to world No. 8 on March 6, 2023.
On April 3, 2023, he announced his split with coach Patrick Mouratoglou after six months together.
At the 2023 Monte-Carlo Masters he defeated third seed Daniil Medvedev to reach the semifinals marking his first top-5 win of the season and tenth top-10 win overall. Next he defeated another top-10 player Jannik Sinner to reach his second Masters final, before losing to Andrey Rublev in three sets. As a result, he moved to world No. 7 in the rankings on April 17, 2023 making him the highest ranked Dane in history (tied with Kurt Nielsen). Next at the 2023 BMW Open, he reached his second consecutive final on clay following wins over Yannick Hanfmann, Cristian Garín, and Christopher O'Connell to set up a rematch of the previous year's final with Botic van de Zandschulp. He won in three sets to successfully defend his title and lift his first trophy of the season. On his debut at the Rome Masters he defeated world No.1 Novak Djokovic for a second time to reach the semifinals. He defeated fourth seed Casper Ruud for his second top-5 win in a row to reach his second Masters final of the season. He moved to a new career high ranking of world No. 6 making him the highest Danish player in history of the ATP rankings. At the 2023 French Open he reached the quarterfinals defeating 23rd seed Francisco Cerúndolo for a second consecutive season but lost to fourth seed and previous year runner-up Casper Ruud.
At the 2023 Queen's Club Championships he won his first match on grass as a senior against American Maxime Cressy. He reached the semi finals without dropping a set, defeating sixth seed Lorenzo Musetti in the quarterfinals.
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