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Rune stuns Zverev at BMW Open

BMW Open by American Express 2022 - Day 5

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 27: Holger Rune of Denmark plays a fore hand during his 2nd round match against Alexander Zverev of Germany on day five of the BMW Open by American Express at MTTC IPHITOS on April 27, 2022 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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MUNICH -- Danish teenager Holger Rune upset top-seeded Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the BMW Open.

The 18-year-old Rune broke Zverev’s first service game in each set to take control of the match on his way to his first career win over a player ranked in the the top 10.

“I have a lot of respect for him, and I obviously didn’t expect to win in two sets, and with a score like this,” Rune said. “But it was a really hard match, we played a lot of rallies and I’m really happy about my performance today.”

It was the first time since 2014 that Zverev, a two-time winner of the tournament, lost his opening match on the Munich clay courts. The German has yet to win a title this year after winning six last year, including the Olympic gold medal. Rune is ranked 70th and had not won back-to-back matches in the main draw of any ATP Tour event this season until now.

Rune next faces Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori, who won 6-3, 6-3 against Maxime Cressy.

Fourth-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili needed nearly two hours to beat Ilya Ivashka 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and set up a quarterfinal with seventh-seeded Miomir Kecmanovic. Cristian Garin lost an all-Chilean first-round match 6-3, 6-4 against Alejandro Tabilo, and Botic van de Zandschulp beat Brandon Nakashima 7-6 (3), 6-3.