Holger Rune candidly admits he is hoping his new coach Boris Becker can teach him about some Novak Djokovic secrets. Rune, 20, and former six-time Grand Slam champion Becker confirmed this week they would work together until at least the end of the 2023 season.
For three full seasons between 2014 and 2016, Becker worked with Djokovic. During that time, Djokovic won six Grand Slams, including his first French Open title in 2016. “It’s great to learn from players like (Boris) and from Rafa (Nadal), Roger (Federer) and Novak.
It would be good to steal a bit from what they did. They got so many things right. Boris did well as a coach of Djokovic and as a player. I’m excited to hear what he has to say,” Rune said during his pre-tournament press conference in Basel, via AFP.
Rune hopes Becker can help him turn around his situation
In late 2022, Rune started working with coach Patrick Mouratoglou and shortly after won his first Masters title in Paris and broke into the top-10 for the first time in his career.
But Rune’s form went downhill in the last couple of months and the Dane recently decided to end his collaboration with Mouratoglou. Since Wimbledon, Rune is just 1-9. Now that Rune is working with Becker, he is hoping to get back to the basics and turn around his situation. “Boris is teaching me things that are basic but important.
It’s gonna be nice, you’ll see. I hope he can give me as much advice as possible and help me to do better,” Rune said. Meanwhile, Rune is set to make his second consecutive Basel appearance. Last year, Rune nearly won the title in his Basel debut as he reached the final before losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime. It remains to be seen if Rune can get himself going in Basel and enjoy a strong week.