Novak Djokovic wants to ask Holger Rune question in private chat after Rome exit

Novak Djokovic confessed that he would be asking Holger Rune for some “tips” after suffering his second defeat at the hands of the 20-year-old. The seventh seed sent the reigning champion packing at the Italian Open with a 6-2 4-6 6-2 victory. Rune now has a winning 2-1 record over the world No 1.

Djokovic crashed out of the Rome Masters in the quarter-final on Wednesday in a dramatic match that saw both men call the physio to court. The clash was then suspended at 6-2 4-5 on Rune’s in the second set as the rain came and the world No 1 was able to force a decider when they resumed.

But he couldn’t do enough to get past the seventh seed, who earned his second victory over Djokovic in three meetings. Rune previously won their encounter in the Paris Masters final back in November. And the Serb won their first-round US Open meeting all the way back in 2021 when an 18-year-old Rune was ranked at No 145.

After ending his Rome title defence with a loss to the four-time title winner, Djokovic confessed that he was the one who needed to seek out advice from his conqueror. “I’m going to ask him tips,” he said when asked what guidance he had for the 20-year-old.

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Djokovic added: “He beat me twice we played against each other, so… I have no tips for him. So far he’s doing very well.” The 35-year-old was also full of praise for his young rival despite having a bad day in the office.

The six-time champion in Rome admitted that the conditions had been tough to play in but credited Rune for playing so well throughout. “Yeah, I mean, slower conditions these days. I think this is probably the coldest and wettest tournament I’ve ever played here in Rome. I don’t really recall so many days in a row raining,” he explained.

“Obviously in these kind of conditions, it’s very difficult to get the ball past him. He’s very, very fast, very quick. Great anticipation. Just a very talented, dynamic player, all-around player.”

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And Djokovic conceded that Rune was the superior player on the day, adding: “Yeah, he was just better. He played too good for me for most part of the match. I did have a bad start of the third set. I think that’s where match kind of shifted to his side. He kept his nerves and deserved to win.”

The top seed also addressed the possibility of the tournament getting a roof after his match became one of many to be affected by the rain this fortnight. “That’s always a debate for every tournament I guess. It’s a huge investment. I don’t know what the rules are here, whether they can build or not build something,” he started.

“I heard that because of the monuments, protection of the site, anywhere in Rome, it’s very difficult to get permits to do any kind of expansion. I don’t know about that.

“Look, as I said, it’s not something that we’ve had in the past. We have maybe one or two days rain. Now it’s been consistent rain for days and days. It’s just one of these years you have to accept it. You can’t influence that.”

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