"Not at all, I was fine physically": Rune refuses to blame Roland Garros exit on fatigue after Ruud loss

Holger Rune was beaten by Casper Ruud in the Roland Garros (French Open) quarter-final and he refused to blame the loss on any physical problem.

Rune was playing really solid tennis at this year's Roland Garros but he seemed to have run out of gas as the event went on. The match against Cerundolo proved very tricky to navigate and Rune struggled towards the end of the match. Some of that showed up in this match as well, particularly at the start of the match which was quite flat. He still refused to blame the loss on fatigue:

"Not at all. I was fine physically. No excuse. I just didn't play my level. It's tough, but sometimes it's like this, and you have to learn from it, come back stronger. We have another Grand Slam around the corner, so I hope to be stronger there. I'm happy that the clay season is over now. I'm ready to move on. Yeah, just focused on the grass now."

Back Issues

Rune also appeared to deal with some sort of back issues as he was seen holding his back in rallies. After the match, the Dane admitted that he's always dealing with something but once again didn't say much:

"I have constant some problems, but it wasn't anything that would have -- if I didn't feel it, it wouldn't have changed the match. So it's not something that I can use as an excuse. He was just better than me today, so I have to take it and move on and try to improve. Of course, I'm going to try to recover first physically with the issues I have. I played a lot, as I said in the past, so, of course, my body is feeling it. I feel fresh today, honestly, so that's not the case."

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