Holger Rune has brushed apart the concept of there being a ‘Netflix curse’ and said that somebody like Novak Djokovic will proceed to dominate even when he took half in 10 series.
Last 12 months, all 10 gamers featured within the first 5 episodes of the docuseries Break Point both withdrew earlier than the Australian Open or misplaced in the course of the first 4 rounds. This gave delivery to the concept gamers who took half within the series had been “cursed.”
Local favorites Nick Kyrgios and Alija Tomljanović pulled out of the occasion on account of knee accidents. Paula Badosa additionally remained on the sidelines as she picked up an harm within the lead-up match in Adelaide.
Matteo Berrettini and Thanasi Kokkinakis misplaced to Andy Murray in five-set thrillers within the first and second rounds, respectively. Taylor Fritz, one of many title favorites, exited the match within the second spherical after dropping a five-set battle in opposition to unranked Australian Alexei Popyrin.
American Jenson Brooksby brought about an upset within the first week when he beat Casper Ruud within the second spherical. On the ladies’s facet, second seed Ons Jabeur misplaced to Marketa Vondrousova within the second spherical whereas sixth seed Maria Sakkari fought her technique to the third spherical, the place she misplaced to the unseeded Zhu Lin.
Out of the ten gamers who featured within the first 5 episodes of the primary season, the final participant to exit the Australian Open final 12 months was Felix Auger-Aliassime, who misplaced to the unranked Jiri Lehecka within the fourth spherical.
At a press convention on the Melbourne Major this 12 months, Holger Rune was requested for his ideas on the “Netflix curse” after he starred in one of many episodes within the new season of the present.
The Danish star cited the examples of Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka and stated:
“I feel it is silly, to be trustworthy. No offense. I feel it is nothing to do with that. I feel Novak could do ten Netflix series and still win 20 Grand Slams or 24. It’s actually one thing that it is not about that. I feel Sabalenka did just a few already, and she received Australian Open final 12 months.”
Holger Rune and Novak Djokovic attain 2024 Australian Open 2R
Holger Rune obtained his 2024 Australian Open marketing campaign underway on Tuesday, January 16, by defeating Yoshihito Nishioka and reaching the second spherical.
Rune registered a 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 win in three hours and 29 minutes to tie his head-to-head at 1-1 in opposition to the Japanese participant, who received their maiden ATP tour assembly in Adelaide final season.
The 20-year-old will subsequent face French wild card Arthur Cazaux, who beat Laslo Djere 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in his opening spherical contest.
Novak Djokovic, however, obtained his title protection underway by defeating Dino Prizmic on Sunday. The Serbian received 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 in 4 hours and one minute, making it the longest first-round match of his profession.
The World No. 1 will subsequent lock horns with Alexei Popyrin, who defeated wild card Marc Polmans 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-2 within the first spherical.