So far this season the ‘younger’ generation has been attracting the major attention which includes the 19-year-old Dane, Holger Rune who has romped into the quarter finals of the Lyons Open on Wednesday.
I knew the conditions were good for him because he plays super aggressive and super close to the baseline, so I really had to try to focus on my game, to try to push him Holger Rune
The youngster proved too much for Adrian Mannarino who was dismissed 6-4 6-3 and now awaits the result of the match between American Lucky Loser, Michael Mmoh and French qualifier Manuel Guinard whose match was suspended by bad light at a set-all and 5-5 in the decider.
“It was a very difficult match,” the Dane said after saving five break points for his 11th Tour win of the season after one-hour and 48-minutes.
“I knew the conditions were good for him because he plays super aggressive and super close to the baseline, so I really had to try to focus on my game, to try to push him.
“It worked out very well, but of course he’s such a talented player, so it was very tough. But I’m very happy with the way I stayed focussed.”
Rune had proved his worth by winning a pair of tie-breaks to defeat another Frenchman, Arthur Rinderknech, in his opening-round match 7-6(4) 7-6(3).
“I’m working day in and day out,” Rune admitted when asked about his strong form on the clay.
“I’m just trying to use every match to play better, to improve myself, and it [was] better today, so I’m going in the right direction.”
A solitary break of the Mannarino serve in the fifth game of the match was enough for Rune to clinch the first set, and the Dane broke at the same stage in the second set as his speed around the court effectively nullified Mannarino’s flat groundstrokes.
The Frenchman was still able to carve out three opportunities to break back in the sixth game, but Rune remained resilient to hold and progress into the last eight.
Earlier on Wednesday, 24-year-old Alex Molcan of Slovakia required 90-minutes to eliminate the fifth seeded Kaern Khachanov 6-2 7-6(4) for what is his second best win of his career!
Up next for Molcan is Argentina’s Federico Coria, who also claimed a seed to progress into the quarter finals. He beat the second favourite Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 7-5 6-3 for the biggest win of his career!