South Korean Soonwoo Kwon scored the biggest win of his career on Wednesday at the New York Open, overcoming 33 aces from second-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic to prevail 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 6-4 and reach the quarter-finals.
”I’m really happy to win a tough match against Raonic,” Kwon said in his on-court interview. “He played well. It was a great match today.”
The 22-year-old Kwon has climbed more than 150 spots in the FedEx ATP Rankings over the past 12 months and currently sits at No. 84. He’s through to his second tour-level quarter-final of the season, having also accomplished the feat last week in Pune.
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Both players traded comfortable service holds throughout the first set to force a tie-break. An errant forehand from Raonic at 4/4 gave Kwon a mini-break and enabled him to grab the early advantage. Raonic held triple break point on Kwon’s serve at 4-4 and 5-5 in the second set, but couldn’t convert any of his six opportunities.
The second-set tie-break also came down to one key point, with Kwon missing a forehand volley at 3/4 to hand a mini-break to the Canadian. Raonic ripped a swinging forehand volley winner on his first set point to send the match into a decider.
A loose forehand error from Raonic at 1-1 in the final set gave Kwon the first break of the night. The slight lead was all Kwon needed and he comfortably served out the match to prevail in two hours and 25 minutes.
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