'That's a vibe': Fans erupt over Novak Djokovic rival's pre-match act

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Holger Rune (pictured left) conducting an interview holding an IKEA bag and (pictured right) walking out to Arthur Ashe stadium.
Novak Djokovic's opponent, Holger Rune (pictured), made his Grand Slam debut and carried out an IKEA bag on Arthur Ashe stadium. (Images: Twitter/Eurosport)

Stepping out on court to face arguably the greatest ever player in Novak Djokovic is a daunting prospect for any tennis player, but one rising 18-year-old star already won the hearts of fans before the match.

Djokovic embarked on his quest for tennis immortality on Wednesday when he took to Arthur Ashe stadium to face young prospect Holger Rune.

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Standing in his way to a record 21 Grand Slams was the World No.145 from Denmark who was making his Grand Slam debut.

However, Rune made a stir on social media after viewers noticed his choice of bag as he was heading out onto Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 18-year-old conducted an interview in the tunnel before walking out to the biggest stage of his burgeoning career.

And fans noticed the debutant carrying an IKEA bag with his racquets.

While Djokovic rakes in millions with his sponsors, which include Lacoste, ASICS and Head, Rune hasn't reached a point where he is cocooned with brands.

Thus, Rune's modest choice of an everyday IKEA bag had fans swooning over the 18-year-old's entrance.

Leading tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg even quipped it was 'iconically Nordic' behaviour from Rune.

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Unfortunately, while Rune was able to stun the tennis world and take a set of the World No.1, the Danish star fell 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 after succumbing to severe cramp.

Novak Djokovic's quest for Grand Slam history

Djokovic goes into the year's final major of the year with the chance to complete one of the rarest feats in tennis - a calendar year Grand Slam.

The Serbian superstar drew level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's all-time record of 20 grand slam singles titles after capturing titles at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in 2021.

Novak Djokovic (pictured) walks out onto the court to warm-up against Holger Rune at the US Open.
Novak Djokovic (pictured) has started his campaign to reach 21 Grand Slam titles. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

If Djokovic can also add the US Open and complete the set, he will be the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to accomplish the feat.

Incredibly, Laver managed the remarkable feat twice after capturing a Grand Slam as an amateur in 1962, but he remains the only man apart from Don Budge in 1938 to win all four major titles in the same year.

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