'Not satisfied yet'
Rune has big plans. A former junior world No.1, he’s raced into the world’s top 50 on the men's tour in no time (he was ranked outside the top 300 this time last year and is now No.40 in the world) and he’s not afraid to say he wants to hit the very top as a professional.
“I've always had a very strong belief in myself,” said Rune, who plays Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen next.
“Actually, when you're there, you think it's going very slow. And then when you kind of look at it, it's going very fast. You know, I just played pros, like two or three years and already inside the top 40, it's good.
“But I'm always trying to seek for better and I have my goals and they're very high. But this is what keeps me motivated every day also. And also my dream is to be the best in the world. And there's still a long way. So that's fine, I'm not satisfied yet.”
Rune had already experienced a big stage, having played against Novak Djokovic at the US Open last year, when he took the first set off the world No.1.