Rafael Nadal vs Hyeon Chung RECAP: How Nadal beat Roger Federer to year-end No 1

November 5, 2019

Rafael Nadal vs Hyeon Chung RECAP: How Nadal beat Roger Federer to year-end No 1 The Spaniard will also get another chance to do so later this month at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, although defeat today seems highly unlikely. Nadal has played Chung just once before, beating him in Barcelona earlier this year. The 21-year-old from South Korea is yet to win a title in his career and comes up against Nadal in search of his 76th. The world No 55 lost to David Goffin last week in Basel 6-4, 6-1 but beat Misha Zverev 6-0, 6-2 in the first round in Paris. Rafael Nadal vs Hyeon Chung LIVE from the Paris Masters (* denotes next to serve) 3.55pm: Nadal looked as though he would be facing fellow countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas but the Spaniard was upset in three sets by Pablo Cuevas, who will take on the world No 1 in tomorrows quarter-final. RAFAEL NADAL BEATS HYEON CHUNG 7-5, 6-3 Nadal seals it. Its taken him 111 minutes and he has been made to work after a slow start but some of his tennis was stunning. *Nadal 7-5, 5-3 Chung Oh no. Chung has played so well all day and really competed but that is a break to love and a real capitulation in the face of Nadals pressure. Nadal 7-5, 4-3 Chung* Nadal double-faults by a mile at 40-15 – I mean, not a literal mile but a signifcant distance I can tell you. However, there are no such mistakes the next point and he is moving through this set with ominous efficiency. *Nadal 7-5, 3-3 Chung Boy did he need that. Chung gets pulled around the court by Nadal at 40-15 and threatens to crumble, but steels himself and holds. Nadal 7-5, 3-2 Chung* Talk about putting the pressure right back on. A couple of well-constructed points and he holds to love. *Nadal 7-5, 2-2 Chung Beautiful touch volley from Chung, not for the first time today I might add, gets him to 30-0 and despite some Nadal magic, he wins another long baseline rally to give him two game points. But thats careless and he is pushed to deuce before a backhand goes wide.break point Nadal and Chung rips a backhand down the line to save it! Nadal relinquishes two more opportunities to break and then plays one of the best points of the match when Chung gets game point. This is turning into a crucial game for the youngster and as it ticks past the 10-minute mark, Chung produces the most sumptuous drop-shot to save yet another break point and HE HOLDS when Nadal hits the net. Nadal 7-5, 2-1 Chung* Nadal recoveres from 0-30, agains finding couple of first serves and ensuring this second set stays on serve. *Nadal 7-5, 1-1 Chung An excellent backhand down deep into the corner with the pressue on gives Chung a soft point to seal another service game. That backhand is dangerous but he needs to do more with it. Nadal 7-5, 1-0 Chung* Impressive stuff from the youngster, trading blows from the baseline and coming out on top at times. However, the Nadal serve – broken twice in the opening set – is starting to find its mark more and more. RAFAEL NADAL WINS THE FIRST SET 7-5 After an hour of hard, impressive work, Chung slips up and allows three set points on his serve and Nadal only needs one, whipping a forehand inside-out to seal the set. Nadal 6-5 Chung* Nadal double-faults at 30-15 to give Chung a real foothold in this game. Another curving forehand wide gives Chung break point.but Nadal finds a first serve to save it and digs deep to get himself out of the game. What a match this is turning into. *Nadal 5-5 Chung Some really clean hitting from Chung. Very impressive and totally fearless it appears. Nadal is clearly frustrated too, missing a routine forehand at 30-15 and challenging the call in disgust as much at himself as anything else. Chung holds with a comfortable forehand volley and it looks like we might be going to a first-set tie-break. Nadal 5-4 Chung* This slow start, especially early in the week, has become something we are used to and serving for the set, he allows 0-40 for the second time in the set. Nadal comes to the net but puts too much on the drop volley and allows Chung the chance to whack it straight at him! Were back on serve. *Nadal 5-3 Chung Wheels have not quit come off for Chung but a run of eight straight points really hurts him. It finally comes to an end for Nadal and Chung manages to hold when the world No 1 knocks it long. He will serve for the set. Nadal 5-2 Chung* That is very good from Nadal. A love hold EXACLTY when he needs it, including a stunning volley from toe level. *Nadal 4-2 Chung This is the thing with Nadal – if you dont get ahead when you get the chance, he WILL come back to bite you. Nadal breaks Chung to 15 and gets ahead in the set. Trouble for the youngster now. Nadal 3-2 Chung* A stellar volley from Chung with a ridiculous amount of spin on the ball brings up three break points. The first is saved at the net before the second is a surprise serve out wide into the deuce court. The third he gets into the rally but the backhand flies just, just long. Shame, as Nadal appears to have found his range now, sealing the game with a seemingly impossibly angular forehand. *Nadal 2-2 Chung Chung has the change to seal a breezy consolidation at 40-30 but leaks his forehand wide and at deuce, Nadal forces the error in a long rally fo a break-back point. What follows is COMPLETELY absurd as a Nadal return drops over and the pair trade mini-tennis shots at the net before the Spaniard finally triumphs. Nadal 1-2 Chung* Chung flattens out his forehand and forces another break point – the first was unexpected but this one is even more so and Chung takes it emphatically, whacking another forehand behind Nadal to take the early lead. *Nadal 1-1 Chung Nadal misses two returns in a row, drawing the odd gasp from the crowd and two points later, its game Chung. A nice little start for the underdog. Nadal 1-0 Chung* The first rally of the match lasts 18 strokes and ends in a rare failure at the net for Nadal – but that forehand looks a little lacking pace from Chung. However, good to get a a couple of points for teenager in the first game. Nadals first serve this year has been a huge weapon and getting a racket on it will be a big part of any chances Chung has today. He forces deuce but after seven minutes, Nadal holds. 1.37pm: Here we go then. Nadal to serve.  1.25pm: Nadal is walking out on to Court Central with the lights dimmed – and so is Chung but the cameras seem less interested in him. This is a big challenge for the South Korean, who has neither won nor lost consecutive matches since before the US Open. 1.15pm: There it is. Pouille finishes off Lopez with minimal fuss, sealing a 6-3, 6-4 win for a place in the next round where he will either face Britains Kyle Edmund or American Jack Sock. But back to today. Its nearly Nadal OClock. 12.50pm: Afternoon! A bit of history looks set to be created today if Nadal does what everyone expects him to do and breezes through htis second-round encounter. He wil become the first man in his 30s to end the year as world No 1, a testament to his ongoing longevity and truly remarkable talent. Roger Federer had been pushing him close, another man with those two qualities in spades, but the Swiss pulled out of the Paris Masters to manage a back problem ahead of the ATP World Tour Finals. Nadal and Chung will be on court in a few minutes here, just as soon as Lucas Pouille has dispensed with Feliciano Lopez – the Frenchman leads 6-3, 2-1 with a break in the second set.

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