Zverev survives Rune’s onslaught in epic 5-set French Open thriller


The 2024 French Open has delivered another blockbuster as Alexander Zverev and Holger Rune treated fans to a captivating 5-set marathon.

In a match that lasted over 4 hours, the German star fended off the fearless Danish challenger to secure his spot in the quarterfinals. Let’s dive into the thrilling encounter that had Roland Garros on the edge of its seat.

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Rune strikes first

The opening set saw the unpredictable Rune catch Zverev off guard, snatching it 6-4. The young Dane’s varied game and opportunistic play exposed some early cracks in the German’s armor, as Zverev struggled to find his rhythm and consistency.

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Zverev responds with fury

However, Zverev’s response in the second set was emphatic, as he bageled Rune 6-1. The world #4 seemed to have found his groove, leaving the young Dane without a single game

Momentum shifts galore

From there, the match descended into a rollercoaster ride, with momentum swinging back and forth like a pendulum. Zverev and Rune traded breaks and sets, as if neither wanted to seize control. The German handed the third set to Rune 7-5, only to claw his way back into the match by claiming a tense fourth set tiebreak 7-6(2).

Zverev’s experience prevails

Having forced a deciding fifth set in a match he seemed to be both winning and losing at various points, Zverev’s experience and mental fortitude finally shone through. The German reasserted his authority, dominating the final set 6-2 to seal a hard-fought victory after 4 hours and 11 minutes of breathtaking tennis.

Rune’s fearless display

While Rune ultimately fell short, his fearless display against one of the game’s elite players was a testament to his burgeoning talent. The young Dane’s unpredictable style and unwavering belief kept Zverev on his toes throughout, foreshadowing many more battles to come between these two rising stars.

Zverev’s resilience rewarded

For Zverev, the victory was a hard-earned reward for his resilience and determination. Having already survived a 5-set marathon in the previous round, questions will be raised about his physical freshness. But for now, the German can savor his place in the quarterfinals, where he’ll face Alex de Minaur, the surprise conqueror of Daniil Medvedev.

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This article explores the epic 5-set French Open encounter between Alexander Zverev and Holger Rune, a match that showcased the German’s grit and the young Dane’s fearless talent. With momentum shifts galore and both players trading blows, Zverev’s experience ultimately prevailed in a thriller that left Roland Garros spellbound.

Guillaume Aigron
Guillaume Aigron
Hello! I'm Guillaume Aigron ! I share my love for all things sports. From the thrilling rallies of tennis to the dynamic plays of football, my blog explores the wide world of sports through detailed analysis, personal anecdotes, and the latest news. As a lifelong sports fan, I've transformed my enthusiasm into a platform for fellow enthusiasts who appreciate not just the games themselves, but the stories and strategies behind them. Join me as we celebrate the spirit of competition and the joy of sportsmanship through every post!


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