The Czech Republic continues to confirm its firm step in this group stage of the Davis Cup by defeating South Korea in Valencia. Victories in the singles games for Machac and Lehecka were enough.
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Tomas Machac will be strong in his first match
The game started strong for Seong Chan Hong. The South Korean player won the first game of the match. Tomas Machac responded immediately with a series of successes at the service of each racket. Such was the balance that both agreed to go to the tiebreaker as no one seemed to take the initiative. When the tiebreak came, it was ultimately the European who left a narrow 10:8 in his favor after four breaks.
At the beginning of the second set it was Tomas Machac who took care of the first score. Seong Chan Hong would respond immediately, who would see his rival take the initiative again. However, the South Korean took advantage of the sluggishness of three consecutive games including a break to lead 4-2 in the semifinals. Afterwards there was a short exchange in which Hong left the sleeve in his favor. Despite needing three set points, the South Korean player left a narrow 6:4 on his side of the scoreboard.
At the beginning of the third set it was Tomas Machac who scored the first result again. The Czech slugger scored once in the first three plays of the game, with a break added. Seong Chan Hong responded immediately with a short exchange of blows with every serve.. Finally, Machac took advantage of his only match point and managed a good break in his favor, leaving him with a whopping 6:2 in his cupboard. The Czech Republic was ahead worldwide.
Jiri Lehecka decides the tie
The game started strong for Tomas Machac. The Czech player managed to win the first three games of the match including a break. Soonwoo Kwon would respond immediately even though it would be of no use. With another series of three consecutive games, including a break, Lehecka took advantage of his only set point with an overwhelming 6:1 in his locker.
For the start of the second set it would now be Soonwoo Kwon. The South Korean player won the first game of the match. Jiri Lehecka responded immediately with a series of successes on each racket’s serve. The momentum would be broken by Lehecka, who scored two games in a row with a break in his favor. The same would be done by Kwon, who appeared to have a slight advantage at 5-4. However, a different dynamic would favor Jiri. The ATP number 30 scored another triple chance in his favor, including a break. Jiri took advantage of his only match point and left a clear 7:5 in his favor. This confirmed the Czech Republic’s final victory in the remaining doubles match.