Milan | Chung secures Next Gen semi-final slot
South Korean Hyeon Chung became the first player to book his ticket to the semi-finals of the Next Gen ATP Finals on the third day of the Milan event.
The 54th-ranked Chung made it two wins out of two in the round robin format being used in the inaugural edition of the under-21 version of the ATP Tour finals.
Chung beat Russia’s Andrey Rublev, the top seed and title favourite, 4-0 4-1 4-3(1) after rallying from a set down to get past Canadian Denis Shapovalov in his opening encounter the previous day.
“The score looks easy, but it was not easy on the court. Every point was a fight,” said 21-year-old Chung who is now guaranteed to finish top of his group.
Pre-tournament favourite Rublev, ranked 37th and winner of his first title in Umag this year, had won his opener against Italian wildcard Gianluigi Quinzi but struggled to do so.
The Rusian can still make the last four when he plays Shapovalov who is also in the running having also been given a run for his money by the Italian wildcard Quinzi before claiming his own first win of the week 4-1 4-1 3-4 4-3 after 89-minutes.
In the second group, Croata’s Borna Coric claimed his second win with a 4-3 2-4 4-1 4-2 success over Russian Daniil Medvedev.
Meanwhile Karen Khachanov kept his own hopes alive after an opening loss 24-hours earlier to his countryman Medvedev, with a 4-1 4-3 4-2 defeat of American Jared Donaldson who still has to record a win.