Victory after defeat, the dream of the round of 16 is alive… Men’s tennis, Belgium and ‘end game’
The Korean men’s tennis team, which is challenging the world’s round of 16 for two consecutive years, has dramatically balanced the game after two losses.
The Korean team, led by coach 안전놀이터 Park Seung-gyu (KDB Industrial Bank), played the doubles’ Song Min-gyu (147th in doubles, KDB Industrial Bank) on the second day of the Davis Cup final match (4 dan 1 doubles) held at the indoor tennis stadium in Seoul Olympic Park on the 5th. Nam Ji-seong (#152 in doubles, Sejong City Hall) Joe and Kwon Soon-woo (25, Dangjin City Hall), runner in the 3 singles, defeated Belgium one after another.
Korea, which stood on the brink of defeat by missing all 1.2 singles matches the previous day, tied with Belgium with 2 wins and 2 losses, pinning its hopes on advancing to the finals (R16) for the second consecutive time on Hong Seong-chan (25, Myongji University), who was the last runner in 4 singles. . Hong Seong-chan will face Vers, the world’s 115th ranked landlord, who defeated Kwon Soon-woo on the first day.
In the doubles match that day, Song Min-gyu and Nam Ji-seong had a close match with Yoran Bliggen (53rd in doubles) and Zander Jill (55th in doubles), not allowing each other a single break, in both the first and second sets. Having struggled to preempt the first set, Korea finished the last point of the second set with a cool serve ace and secured a victory after a two-hour battle.
In the 3rd singles match that followed, Kwon Sun-woo had an ‘ace match’ with David Gopin (41st), who was 20 steps higher in the world ranking than himself, and won 2-1 (3-6 6-1 6-3) come-from-behind victory and lost 2. He rekindled his dream of winning the round of 16 in a row. Gopin rose to world No. 7 in 2017 and is a strong player who has advanced to the quarterfinals in singles four times in major tournaments.
The winning country in this final round advances to the Davis Cup Finals, equivalent to the World Round of 16, while the losing side advances to the World Group Qualifier 1. Korea has advanced to the round of 16 in the world four times so far, in 1981, 1987, 2007 and 2022. This year’s Davis Cup Finals group stage will be held in September.