South Korea captain Park Seung-kyu was left in a state of disbelief after his staff overturned a 2-0 deficit to finish a well-known 3-2 Davis Cup victory over Belgium on Sunday and attain the group stage of the boys’s staff match.
The doubles pair of Nam Ji-sung and Song Ming-kyu started the fightback as they battled previous Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 7-6(3) 7-6(5) earlier than Kwon Soon-woo levelled the tie at 2-2 by getting previous David Goffin 3-6 6-1 6-3.
World quantity 240 Hong Seong-chan then sealed the tie with a 6-3 7-6(4) win over Zizou Bergs within the deciding fifth rubber in Seoul. It was the primary time they’d come again from shedding their opening two matches to prevail.
“I’m so grateful and proud of the players for not giving up and doing their best until the end,” Park stated. “It’s so good that I don’t know how to express it.
“The players made history as a team with the coaching staff. It’s like a dream to advance to the finals for two consecutive years. I don’t know if this is real.”
Hong, who misplaced his opening singles match to Goffin after Kwon fell within the first rubber, stated he got down to frustrate Bergs, who’s ranked greater than 120 locations above him.
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“As soon as I started, I thought it was working well,” Hong stated. “The atmosphere was good before the game. Of course I was nervous, but I was also very excited. After the match point, I thought I showed it.”
A busy weekend of ties had 24 nations competing to succeed in the group stage to be held at 4 venues from Sept. 12-17, with 12 winners becoming a member of 2022 champions Canada, runners-up Australia and wildcards Spain and Italy.
Finland sealed its first berth within the group stage with a 3-1 win over 2016 champion Argentina. Croatia, Chile, Netherlands and Czech Republic additionally superior on Sunday.