Kecmanovic Continues Winning Ways In New York

  • Posted: Feb 15, 2020

Kecmanovic Continues Winning Ways In New York

Jung upsets defending champion Opelka on Friday

Sixth seed and #NextGenATP Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic continued to impress with his all-court play on Friday at the New York Open, rallying to defeat fourth-seeded Frenchman Ugo Humbert 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 for a place in the semi-finals.

Kecmanovic regrouped strongly after dropping the first set, upping his first-serve percentage from 58 per cent to 72 per cent and reducing his unforced error count. He broke Humbert three times in the last two sets to prevail after one hour and 49 minutes. The 20-year-old moves to 6-2 this season and is through to his second semi-final of the year, having also accomplished the feat last month in Doha.

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Standing between him and Sunday’s final is eighth-seeded Brit Kyle Edmund, who won a 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(5) thriller against South Korean Soonwoo Kwon. Little separated both players throughout the match, but with the chance at a maiden ATP Tour semi-final on the line, Kwon conceded defeat with a nervy double fault after two hours and seven minutes. Edmund seeks his first tour-level final since taking the title at 2018 Antwerp (d. Monfils).

Qualifier Jason Jung continued his dream week with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 upset over third-seeded American and defending champion Reilly Opelka for his first ATP Tour semi-final. The 30-year-old from Chinese Taipei, who defeated 2018 champion Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the first round, continues to thrive in New York. Five of his seven ATP Tour main draw wins have come at this event.

”I’ve been on Tour for awhile and this is my biggest accomplishment,” Jung said. “I’m just really happy to have that hard work pay off.”

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Jung, No. 131 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, turned pro at age 22 after completing his college tennis career at the University of Michigan. He’s competed primarily on the ATP Challenger Tour since then and picked up four singles titles in the past four years.

The qualifier will now face Andreas Seppi after the Italian fought back to defeat Aussie Jordan Thompson 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-1. Seppi is seeking his first ATP Tour final since 2019 Sydney (l. to De Minaur).

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