Hyeon Chung advanced to the first ATP World Tour final of his career Friday when he posted a 4-1, 4-1, 3-4 (4), 1-4, 4-0 semifinal victory over Daniil Medvedev at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, Italy.
Chung will face top-seeded Russian Andrey Rubley, who reached the finals with a 4-1, 4-3 (6), 4-1 victory over Croatia’s Borna Coric
The sixth-seeded South Korean swept Rubley in 68 minutes in pool play earlier this week.
Chung looked on pace for a sweep against the seventh-seeded Medvedev before the Russian responded from a two-set deficit. But Chung rolled through the final set for the victory.
“I had to stay calm,” Chung said afterward. “Just trying to stay calm and he was playing good, so I had to play the same as I did in the first and second set.”
Rubley had a powerful showing by rolling over the fourth-seeded Coric.
“I am just finding the rhythm,” Rublev said. “The last tournaments I didn’t play very well and I was losing fast, and now I’ve played three matches in group play. Now the semifinals. So I just get used to it, and I think I find the rhythm. Now I’m playing better.”
The 20-year-old Russian had 17 winners against eight unforced errors in the victory. Coric had more unforced errors (14) than winners (12).
“He was just playing too good for me today,” Coric said. “He was the better player on the court.