Chung continues to surprise at U.S. OpenAs the U.S. Open continues in New York, South Korea’s top player is doing capably well, having defeated the great Horacio Zeballos.
After a slow start, struggling with serve errors and double faults, Chung took the next three sets with solid serves, targeting the corners. Throughout the match, he fired off 16 serve aces while Zeballos only had 13, a major change for Chung, since his serve was considered a weakness up until the beginning of last year. He now has at least 45 ranking points, a winning purse of $86,000 and will advance to the U.S. Open round of 64 for the first time since 2015.
Though he took some time off midway through the season, this is by far the best one of his career, as he got inside the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) top 50 rankings for the first time on Aug. 14, after advancing to the round of 16 at the Rogers Cup. Then he reached the quarterfinals at the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina.
In the round of 64, Chung will face John Isner of the United States, ranked 15th, who is famous for his strong serves, recording about 17.5 serve aces per game. It won’t be easy for Chung. Isner’s best finish in a major tournament was advancing to the 2011 U.S. Open quarterfinals, and Isner has already defeated Chung in April, during the quarterfinals of the Fayex Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston, Texas. The match will be aired live on JTBC3 FOXSPORTS channel on Thursday.
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