June 25, 2024

Despite having a difficult draw to begin with, the Dane performed admirably and gave the impression that his injury worries are over.

It was satisfying. “I’m just glad to be back feeling good. I’ve had a tough period with both my body and the match circumstances,” Rune remarked following the game.

Rune hadn’t won at the tour level since Wimbledon and hadn’t played since the US Open in late August when he arrived in Asia.

The 20-year-old may have lamented his lot when he was paired with World No. 15 Auger-Aliassime in China, but he still put on a superb display to win in 84 minutes on the Diamond Court at the Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Center.

In their head-to-head matchup, Rune is now 2-1 versus Auger-Aliassime, who has had a lackluster year by his standards but shown flashes of brilliance last weekend when he helped Team World win the Laver Cup in Vancouver.

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