The Korean men’s tennis team, which was driven to the edge of a cliff, completed a ‘miracle drama’.
The Korean men’s tennis team swept both doubles and 3rd and 4th singles matches against Belgium in the 2023 Davis Cup final match (4th 1 doubles) held at the Olympic Park Indoor Tennis Stadium in Songpa-gu, Seoul on the 5th.
Korea, which lost both the 1st and 2nd singles matches the previous day, advanced to the round of 16 of the Davis Cup Finals for the second year in a row with a remarkable 3-2 victory.
Kwon Soon-woo (Dangjin City Hall, world ranking No. 61) and Hong Seong-chan (Sejong City Hall, world ranking No. 237), who lost both the first and second singles matches, succeeded in restoring their honor that day and led the band electrode.
In addition, Song Min-kyu (KDB Industrial Bank, No. 137 in doubles ranking) and Ji-Sung Nam (Sejong City Hall, No. 152 in the world) in doubles beat Yoran Bligen (53rd) and Zander Jill (55th), who are much higher in the rankings, and achieved a miracle. laid the foundation for
In the three games held on this day, it seemed difficult for Korea to win one victory in terms of objective power. However, the national team, united by fighting spirit, displayed the best performance and secured a ticket to the round of 16 of the Davis Cup.
On the last day of the tournament, the first match held was the doubles. Song Min-gyu and Nam Ji-seong defeated Bligen-Jil 2-0 (7-6 <7-3> 7-6 <7-5>) 스포츠토토after a close match.
In the ‘Ace Match’ that followed, Kwon Sun-woo defeated David Gopin (Belgium, world No. 41) 2-1 (3-6 6-1 6-3) in a come-from-behind victory.
Kwon Soon-woo, who gave up the first set, threatened Gopin with his backhand as well as his serve in the second set. Kwon Soon-woo, who succeeded in breaking in the second game, took the game down and led 4-0.
Kwon Soon-woo, who won the second set 6-1 and turned the game around, made a decisive break in the third set 2-2. After the second set, Gopin’s left wrist was bleeding and his serve faltered. His first serve success rate dropped dramatically, and he seldom held the serve game and collapsed.
Kwon Soon-woo, who took the lead from the second set, took the third set 6-3 and won the third singles match
The key to advancing to the Finals was Hong Seong-chan, who played in the last 4 singles. Hong Seong-chan defeated Berris (ranked 115th in the world), who beat Kwon Soon-woo the day before, 2-0 (6-3 7-6<7-4>).
It was expected that it would not be an easy match, but Hong Seong-chan attacked Veris with the ‘iron wall defense’.
Due to Hong Seong-chan’s strong defense, Berris committed 51 mistakes. Hong Seong-chan, who won the first set, seized the victory by leading 3-1 in the second set. However, Berris did not back down easily and tied the score 3-3.
The match between those who exchanged games led to a tie-break. Hong Sung-chan took a 5-0 lead and moved one step closer to the Davis Cup round of 16. At 6-4, Hong Sung-chan scored with an exquisite lob and put an end to Korea’s dramatic drama.
Meanwhile, this year’s Davis Cup Finals group stage will be held in September.
Among the 16 participating countries, Canada and Australia, which advanced to the finals last year, and Italy and Spain, which received wild cards, received four tickets first. In addition, Korea, the United States, France, Switzerland, England, Serbia, and Sweden, who qualified for the final round, will also be on the stage of the finals.