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Holger Rune stars in one of the biggest surprises in tennis

the dane Holger Rune19 years old and number 40 in the ranking, gave the big surprise by beating the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipasfourth in the world and finalist of the last edition, in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, beating him 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4 in three hours and one minute, to qualify for the quarterfinals for the first time final of a Grand Slam.

In fact it will be first Danish quarter-finalist in Roland Garros history and the first at a Grand Slam since 1967, when Jan Leschly reached that round at the US Open.

His rival will be the Norwegian Casper Ruudexecutioner of the Polish Hubert Hurkacz (6-2, 6-3, 3-6 and 6-3), to also become the first tennis player of his nationality to reach that round in Paris.

Rune’s ranking among the top eight joins that of the Spaniard Carlos Alcarazalso 19 years old, so Roland Garros will have in that round with two under 20 for the first time since 1994.

Tsitsipas, finalist defeated in last year’s final by the Serb Novak Djokovic After having won the first two heats, he was not completing a good tournament in Paris, which he reached after having won the title in Monte Carlo and having played the final in Rome, also lost against the number 1 in the world.

The Greek was forced to come back from two sets in the first round against the Italian Lorenzo Musetti and lost another set against the Czech Zdenek Kolar, coming from the previous phase.

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