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South Korean tennis opens Davis Cup Serbia ‘the strongest’ Djokovic

Hong Seong-chan

South Korea celebrates with Kwon Soon-woo and other members of the South Korean men’s tennis team after defeating Belgium’s Jiju Berris in straight sets 2-0 (6-3 7-6) in the fourth singles match during their Davis Cup 2023 qualifying match at the Olympic Park Indoor Tennis Center in Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea, 스포츠토토 on Friday.

The South Korean men’s tennis team

Which qualified for the Davis Cup for the second consecutive year for the first time in its history, will face Serbia, led by 24-time major champion Novak Djokovic.

Led by head coach Kim Young-jun (Konkuk University) and coach Lim Yong-kyu, 토토 South Korea will take on Serbia in Group C of the 2023 Davis Cup Finals at 10 p.m. ET on Nov. 12 in Valencia, Spain.

The Davis Cup Finals

Known as the “World Cup of Tennis,” features a total of 16 teams competing in four groups. The top two teams from each group advance to the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga, Spain, in November.

Korea’s team of Kwon Sun-woo (107th? Dangjin City Hall), Hong Seong-chan (204th – Sejong City Hall), Jung Yoon-sung (313th – Uijeongbu City Hall), Nam Ji-sung (123rd – Sejong City Hall) and Song Min-kyu (171st – KDB Industrial Bank) were placed in Group C alongside Spain, Serbia and the Czech Republic.

Korea will face Serbia on Nov. 12, the Czech Republic on Nov. 14, and Spain on Nov. 17.

South Korea has two previous Davis Cup losses to Spain and one to Serbia. This will be their first meeting with the Czech Republic.
At last year’s tournament, also played in Valencia, South Korea earned their first ever Davis Cup main draw doubles win against Serbia, but dropped the match 1-2 and lost to Spain 0-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Still winless in the Davis Cup, South Korea will be looking for their first victory, but it won’t be easy.

Their first opponent, Serbia, has the world’s No. 1 singles player in Djokovic, who has won the most men’s singles titles (24) at major tournaments in history, including the US Open.

Other players in the lineup include László Zere (No. 37), Miomir Kecmanovic (No. 48), Dusan Lajovic (No. 52), and Nikola Kacic.

The Czechs will have to contend with the likes of Irzi Lehecka (30th), Tomáš Mahács (119th), Jakub Mensík (151st), and Adam Pavlasek.

While they’re a more manageable opponent based on their ranking, they’re still a long way off from South Korea.

The final opponent, Spain, is missing the most anticipated player, Carlos Alcaraz (No. 2).

However, Alejandro Davydovic Fokina (25th)

Albert Ramos-Vinolas (95th), and Bernabe Zapata Mirajes (75th) are all ranked in the top 100, making them a threat.

Nevertheless, the national team is determined to stay together as a ‘one team’.

“Korea has a stronger team spirit than any other country,” said head coach Kim Young-joon, “and I will lead the coaching staff and players to do their best in their respective roles.”

Captain Song Min-kyu also shared his determination, saying, “We trained with confidence looking ahead,” adding, 스포츠토토링크 “Realistically, we will try to win one game.”

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