Novak Djokovic US Open 2021

US Open Social Slice: Novak Djokovic praises Holger Rune; Dane and his IKEA bag

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On today’s Social Slice, Novak Djokovic praises his 18-year-old opponent Holger Rune, who surprisingly entered centre court rocking an IKEA bag. 

Firstly, the world number one voiced his admiration for Rune after defeating the Next Gen star in four sets on day two.

Djokovic took to social media after the contest, and was confident we would see the 18-year-old back at the US Open very soon.

On the topic of Holger Rune, his choice of kitbag certainly got fans talking after bringing an IKEA bag onto court in what is surely a tennis first.

The 18-year-old was clearly showing his Scandinavian roots!

Three-time US Open champion Kim Clijsters evidently liked it too…

After the contest, Djokovic admitted that the second set was not an ‘ideal atmosphere’ after he thought the crowd were booing him.

In fact, the US Open faithful were saying ‘Ruuuune’ in support of the heavy underdog, who was mightily impressive in the second set.

Djokovic wasn’t the only one to make the mistake. American star Madison Keys thought the same.

Ernesto Escobedo was involved in a hugely entertaining match point after the American was seen flipping over the net!

Despite losing the point, the 25-year-old did go on to win.

Lastly, American qualifier Maxime Cressy produced the biggest upset of the US Open so far to beat Olympic medalist Pablo Carreno Busta.

The American battled back from two sets down and saved four match points in the fifth set tiebreak to beat the two-time semi-finalist. 

Novak Djokovic US Open 2021
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