Rune, after his defeat in the round of 16 of the Australian Open against Rublev: “That one hurts”

“You fought until the end and it was not far to turn in your favor, with two match points…
Yes, it’s true. This one hurts. It was really tight and I had opportunities. Afterwards, he played well too. On the match points, I couldn’t really do anything. Success was on his side. I think I gave a lot, I fought until the end, but I didn’t have success with me.

How do you handle losses? Do they stay in your head for long? What will the next few days look like?
I hope she won’t be in my thoughts too long (smile). Of course, it’s not the end of the world, but it hurts. I need to take a step back and analyze the things I could have done better. The idea being not to repeat my mistakes during the next Grand Slam. He was luckier than me, but he was able to get her. Sometimes, I was surely a little too passive.

“At the end, I could have served better. But I’m going to blame it on the tension and we’ll have to work on that.”

In the fifth set, we saw you asking your box to shut up. Coaching is however authorized when you are on the side of your team. Wasn’t it a good time to talk to you?
Yes. Usually, I like to be given advice from time to time. But not all the time. There, I felt that it was not the moment, I had to concentrate only on the court. In these moments, everything is played on a point or two. And the more focused I am on the court, the more good tennis I can produce. If I’m not 100% present on the court, it’s complicated. Especially in tense times. I think it’s important to stay focused on the game plan and on the court. Without that, we can lose a point, two points and that can be enough to lose the match.

In the past, you have been seen to have cramps. Not today despite a very long game. Is it the result of hard physical work?
Yes, I feel good physically. I was a bit dizzy at the start of the fourth set, but with electrolytes and salts it went away. I felt better and had regained good vision. Physically, I feel like I could have continued playing. Well, we’re not going beyond five sets, but if it had to be longer, I was ready. It is only on the important points that I could have done better. I feel like I was good from the bottom. Overall I was playing well. Not all the time, but I had good streaks on serve. At the end, I could have served better. But I’m going to blame it on the tension and we’ll have to work on that. »

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