Astonishing perspective and consideration
“It’s not too good to think too much, this is all about focus and a game plan. It’s a final, of course it’s different, but it had to be treated the same.
“But after I got the break up in the third set, I managed to focus, to stay calm and I managed to execute my game plan. It means everything to me.”
The Dane suffered a nasty fall on Friday after turning his right ankle, but valiantly battled on in defeat to US Open champion Jonas Forejtek.
“After I twisted my ankle I immediately thought ‘I’m not going to be able to play again this week,’ It was one of the hardest moments,” recalled the teenager, hailing his mental fortitude. “But I never gave up. I’m so pleased I managed to play and get the title here.
For a 16-year-old, Rune speaks with astonishing perspective and consideration, which is why he is already prepared to attack the professional circuit in 2020.
“I think I’ve been working really hard on and off the court, on all the details. Hard work pays off and I feel ready,” added Rune, insisting his rocketing rise is credit to a team effort. “My coach, my mental coach, everyone around me, my mum of course who helps me all of the time, I couldn’t do it without any of them. I will give it my all and see what happens.”