Aussie tennis star out of Stockholm Open just short of 53-year record

Aussie tennis star Alex de Minaur has fallen agonisingly short of a 53-year first after a ‘brutal’ semi-final loss to Danish teen sensation Holger Rune in the Stockholm Open. 

The 23-year-old was chasing his second ATP title of the season in , but fell to Rune 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 5-7 in what he described as a ‘brutal match from beginning to end.

All had looked on course for the to make it to another hardcourt final when he took the opening set and led 3-1 in the second during Saturday’s last-four encounter with the young Dane.

But Rune’s steel, evident all season with this remarkable 19-year-old, dragged him back into the contest, eventually emerging victorious after a gruelling contest that lasted two hours 52 minutes.

Aussie Alex de Minaur looks to slice one in his 'brutal' semi-final loss to Dane Holger Rune in the Stockholm Open

Aussie Alex de Minaur looks to slice one in his ‘brutal’ semi-final loss to Dane Holger Rune in the Stockholm Open

It was a huge anti-climax for de Minaur, who’s been in fine form all week at the Royal Tennis Hall in the Swedish capital, easily accounting for 파라오사이트 주소 Canadian superstar Denis Shapovalov, American JJ Wolf and Benjamin Bonzi to cruise into the semis. 

The popular Aussie won Atlanta Open in July and was gallant in the US Open before beating Andy Murray at the Laver Cup – and is playing some of the best tennis of his career.

If he’d made it to Sunday’s final and won, as many were expecting, it would have been a 53-year first for an Australian: with no player from Down Under winning the tournament in its entire history. 

Not only that, but de Minaur would have regained the domestic No.1 spot that Nick Kyrgios has annexed during his stellar year.

Alex de Minaur, pictured with girlfriend Katie Boulter, has been in fine form this season but unfortunately fell just short of taking out the Stockholm Open

Alex de Minaur, pictured with girlfriend Katie Boulter, has been in fine form this season but unfortunately fell just short of taking out the Stockholm Open

Instead, it’s the rising Rune who’s reached his third ATP final of the year by outlasting de Minaur in a classic contest.

He’s now won his past five matches that have gone to a deciding set; a wonderful testament to his fight and durability. 

‘It was a brutal match from the beginning to the end,’ Rune said after the match.

‘Super long rallies.Really exhausting. He takes the ball super early and puts you under a lot of pressure but I was able to raise my level towards the end of the second set and I started a bit better than expected in the third.

‘I am super happy with how I fought until the end.’