Holger Rune, who only celebrated his 19th birthday on Friday, played his first ATP final in Munich – and won the title straight away. However, he benefited from Botic van de Zandschulp’s withdrawal.
The Danish youngster Holger Rune won his first ATP title in Munich. In the final on Sunday, the 19-year-old benefited from the withdrawal of his Dutch opponent Botic van de Zandschulp at 3:4 in the first set. Rune had won against top favourite Alexander Zverev in the round of 16.
“I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he will be fit again soon,” Rune said after the biggest success of his career so far. “I played unbelievable tennis. My first ATP title in front of such a great crowd. I couldn’t be happier right now.” Rune is considered one of the greatest talents and had risen over 200 places in the world rankings in the past twelve months.
Van de Zandschulp had taken a 4-1 lead in the final and then dropped two games in a row. At 4:3, he sent for the tournament doctor, kept grabbing his chest and then left the court for several minutes. After his return, he played four more points before he finally had to retire.