Stefanos Tsitsipas CRASHES OUT of French Open to teenager Holger Rune

World No 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas CRASHES OUT of French Open to teenager Holger Rune… who becomes the first Danish man to reach the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for 97 YEARS, having not won a grand slam match before the tournament

  • Holger Rune, 19, has beaten No 4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas at the French Open
  • Tsitsipas, last year’s runner-up at Roland Garros, was defeated 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-4
  • Rune becomes the first Danish player to reach the last eight in Paris since 1925
  • The teenager had never won a grand slam match before last week’s first round

Teenage sensation Holger Rune outmuscled world number four and last-year’s French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Monday to move into the quarter-finals with his biggest Grand Slam win to date.

The Dane, who has improved more than 350 places in the world rankings in the past 15 months, joins fellow 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in the last eight, the first time two teenagers made that stage at a Grand Slam since 1994.

‘I have an unbelievable feeling. I was so nervous in the end,’ said a beaming Rune, playing in his first French Open. ‘I was very nervous. I told myself to keep at it and play my plan. I mean it is so great to still be here.’

Fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas has crashed out of the French Open to teenager Holger Rune

‘Part of the tactic to play as aggressive as possible when he gets shorter balls he attacks them. I really liked playing the drop shots and it worked out pretty good so I am happy.’

Fourth seed Tsitsipas, hunting for his first ever Grand Slam, started well and broke the Dane to go 3-1 up when Rune’s drop shot was not short enough and the Greek whipped a cross-court winner past him.

Rune, however, broke him twice, clinching the set with a disputed line call that went in his favour.

Tsitsipas did not lose his composure and saved three consecutive break points in the very first game of the second set, powering back to seal it.

Rune had never won a match at a grand slam before arriving in Paris but is now in the last eight

Tsitsipas was last year’s runner-up at Roland Garros but was beaten 7-5 3-6 6-3 6-4 by Rune

He did slip up though midway through the third when two double faults and two unforced errors handed Rune a key break and the teenager went 2-1 up in sets when Tsitsipas did well to return a Rune smash but then fired a topspin forehand into the net.

The Dane succeeded in getting Tsitsipas out of his comfort zone on the baseline, sending his tall opponent to the net with drop points and stretching him wide off the court with deep cross-court balls.

Rune had three break points at the start of the fourth which the Greek saved but the teen made amends on his opponent’s next two service game to open up a 5-2 lead with a scorching backhand down the line.

He did show some nerves in the end as Tsitsipas fought back to 5-4 and even had break points but Rune made sure of his big win on the first match point just as the clock ticked past the three hour mark.

The 19-year-old, who came into the tournament without a win in a grand slam to his name, is the first Danish man to reach the quarter-finals at Roland Garros since 1925.  

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