Holger Rune’s chances of qualifying for the ATP Finals take a hit after crashing out in the Stockholm Open

Holger Rune is currently place in the eighth position in the live rankings.


Holger Rune’s chances of qualifying for the ATP Finals take a hit after crashing out in the Stockholm Open

Holger Rune (Image via The Independent)

Holger Rune who returned to the tour with the Asian swing after missing out on action due to injury after the US Open has not been able to capitalize on the chances as the Dane crashed out of the ongoing Stockholm Open. Rune lost to Miomir Kecmanovic in the second round after he was given a bye in the first round. Rune lost the match 7-6, 6-2 which means his ATP Finals qualification chances hang by a thread. 

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This was his third early exit from a tournament. While the 20-year-old crashed out of the China Open after a defeat in the second round at the hands of Grigor Dimitrov, Rune was knocked out after the first round at the Shanghai Masters after he lost to Brandon Nakashima. Now, at the Stockholm Open, he could not survive against Serbian player Kecmanovic. 

These early exits have severely dented Rune’s chances of qualifying for the ATP Finals in Turin. After the defeats in Shanghai and Beijing, the Dane had a chance to earn 250 points and close the gap between him and Alexander Zverev. However, Rune failing to go past the second round means he would not be able to go closer to Zverev and might even slip to the ninth position in the live rankings.

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Holger Rune’s ATP Finals qualification scenario- Can the Dane still qualify?

Although Holger Rune’s chances to qualify for the year-end ATP Finals look bleak, there is still a glimmer of hope for the Dane. However, for that, Rune will not only have to win the Paris Masters but also expect most of the results to go his way.

Holger Rune
Holger Rune (Image via Tennis.com)

Holger Rune sits behind Andrey Rublev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev in the live rankings. While Zverev is 305 points ahead of Rune, Tsitsipas, and Rublev have an advantage of 505 and 1165 points over the Dane respectively. While Rublev will stay put with the same number of points, Tsitsipas can gain at most 250 points if he wins the European Open in Antwerp.

Zverev, on the other hand, will also stay put considering he has crashed out of the Japan Open after losing to Jordan Thompson. Holger Rune has the biggest threat coming in the form of Taylor Fritz who is just 145 points behind the Dane. Also, the American has advanced into the second round after beating Cameron Norrie. There are chances he can earn 500 points and this can pip Rune for the eighth position.

Now, if the 20-year-old Dane has to qualify for the ATP Finals, he would want to not only participate but win the next two ATP 500 tournaments in Austria and Switzerland. Rune will have to then hope to go as deep as possible at the Paris Masters.

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