Holger Rune lost against Andrey Rublev in the final of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters on Sunday, falling short of capturing his second ATP Masters 1000 title. Despite his defeat, Rune is proud of his efforts at the clay-court event:
“I obviously feel like it was a long match yesterday. We finished late. I didn't have much time to recover. It is what it is. I gave it all. Didn't have any more in me. I did what I could, and I was very close.”
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During the match, Rune had a lead of 4-1 in the third set, but was unable to close it out, and the fifth seed Rublev rallied to clinch his first title at this level. He aimed to become the first teenager to triumph in Monte-Carlo since Rafael Nadal won the title in 2006 when he was 19 years old but he is determined to take the lessons from falling short in his second ATP Masters 1000 final:
“I was definitely in control in the third set and also I would say mostly in the first set as well. But again, I didn't manage to close it out. Disappointing, but again, it's part of tennis."
He's now heading to Munich for the event there considering he's the defending champion.