Henri Laaksonen (ATP 96) loses in the second round against Holger Rune (ATP 40) 2: 6, 3: 6, 3: 6. Even an injury to his right foot cannot stop the young Dane.
It was clear from the start on Court 12: It will be difficult for the 30-year-old Swiss. Rune gets an early break, sets a high pace. Laaksonen isn’t coming.
In the third set, Rune has a mishap. He stumbles over a tarpaulin on the edge of the court and twists his ankle, has to have his ankle treated and can then continue with a pained face. Laaksonen cannot use his opponent’s injury to his advantage. The turning point is missing. Rune brings the game easily over the target without having to go far.
As emotionless as Laaksonen’s game remains for long stretches, one scene in the first movement is just as dramatic. Then Rune catches a linesman when he tries to play back Laaksonen’s attack with his forehand in extremis. Without meaning to, he bangs the bat on the woman’s head.
The Dane immediately apologizes. The linesman must be replaced and maintained. She can only return to the court shortly before the end of the game. And Rune goes back to the woman after the set ball and asks how she is.