Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Chung takes inaugural Next Gen Finals title

Chung takes inaugural Next Gen Finals title

Chung, world No 54, squandered a two-set lead against Russia's Daniil Medvedev before rallying to win 4-1 4-1 3-4 (4) 1-4 4-0 in just under two hours.

Suddenly with these rules, the guy who is not doing (the) right things, maybe he is not professional and he has easy chances of winning, of competing with all the players and to win the tournaments, and I think this is not fair.

"After losing the first set, and down one break in the second, I was really nervous, really angry, but I tried to have a poker face", said Chung. He also saw off the Russian in Winston-Salem on the ATP Tour in August.

"I was playing much better than him".

"He was always focused".


Chung won all of his three group matches to make the semi-finals, including a 4-0, 4-1, 4-3 (7/1) victory over Rublev.

The momentum swung his way in the third set as Rublev's frustration broke through at his inability to wear down Chung.

Pre-tournament favourite Rublev, ranked 37th and victor of his first title in Umag this year, had won his opener against Italian wildcard Gianluigi Quinzi.

As well as sets being played only to four games, there are no advantage points, shot clocks, no let serves and coaching via headphones at the end of sets.

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