In a nail-biting quarterfinal at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia on Wednesday, Holger Rune defeated six-time champion Novak Djokovic by maintaining his composure in a soggy Rome.
The 20-year-old Dane defeated the World No. 1 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to earn back-to-back ATP Masters 1000 victories. Despite the fact that Djokovic won the second set right away after the players were forced to leave the court due to rain for just over an hour, Rune recovered to win the match at the Foro Italico in two hours and 19 minutes.
However, in the decisive game, the Serbian was helpless to stop Rune, a Rome rookie, as the Dane was able to control rallies with a combination of strength from the baseline and cunning drop shots to draw Djokovic forward. He has secured a semi-final match against Casper Ruud or Francisco Cerundolo.