On a sensational Sunday in Seoul, South Korea dismantled Belgium’s 2-0 lead within the 2023 Davis Cup Qualifiers by successful the doubles and each singles. It’s the first time the nation has overturned such a deficit within the historical past of the distinguished workforce occasion.
The hero of the day was World No. 237 Seong-chan Hong, who stored his cool to defeat Zizou Bergs 6-3, 7-6(4) within the deciding fifth rubber. Even when nerves have been an element for Hong, who’s 122 locations beneath the Belgian within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, he held agency to finish a well-known victory for his nation.
“I attempted to point out my strengths as a lot as I might and tried to frustrate my opponent,” stated Hong after the match. “As quickly as I began, I believed it was working effectively immediately. The ambiance was good earlier than the sport. After all, I used to be very nervous, however I used to be additionally very excited. After the match level, I believed I confirmed it.”
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The decider was wanted after Belgian No.1 David Goffin failed in his bid to wrap up the tie, with Soonwoo Kwon coming from behind to take the match 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, serving up 11 aces within the course of.
“It was not a straightforward sport, however I believe I might win due to the followers who got here to see the sport immediately,” Kwon stated. “Within the first set, there have been quite a lot of errors as a result of I had too many ideas,” he added. “However from the second set, I attempted to search out composure and performed effectively as I believed concerning the observe sport with Goffin.”
The day’s drama began from the primary ball as Ji Sung Nam and Ming-Kyu Tune threw the whole lot at their doubles opponents in a bid to get Korea on to the scorecard.
Belgium’s Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen, who’ve performed collectively within the competitors since 2018, have been put underneath strain from the start by a duo ranked some 100 locations beneath them. The match was dominated by serve, with the Koreans prevailing 7-6(3), 7-6(5).
South Korean captain Seung Kyu Park was stuffed with reward for his gamers.
“I’m so grateful and pleased with the gamers for not giving up and doing their finest till the top,” he stated. “It is so good that I do not know learn how to specific it. The gamers made historical past as a workforce with the teaching workers. It is like a dream to advance to the finals for 2 consecutive years and I do not know if that is actual.”
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