Chun Hsin Tseng follows Monfils' steps and conqueres the 'Channel Slam'


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Chun Hsin Tseng follows Monfils' steps and conqueres the 'Channel Slam'

The 16-year-old Chun Hsin Tseng from Chinese Taipei is sharing the birthday with Roger Federer and he is not that bad on the tennis court either, standing as the world number 1 in juniors and just outside the Top 600 on the ATP rankings list after winning two Futures title, the first for the 2001 generation.

Chun Hsin arrived at Wimbledon as the top seed and the reigning Roland Garros champion (Sebastian Korda had defeated him in the final of the Australian Open), going all the way to lift his second Major crown and become the first player since Gael Monfils in 2004 who has won junior singles crowns at both the Roland Garros and Wimbledon. In the title match, Tseng defeated the home star Jack Draper 6-1 6-7 6-4 in two hours and six minutes after breaking his rival seven times.

In the semi-final, Draper survived four hours and 24 minutes marathon against Nicolas Mejia, prevailing 19-17 in the third set in the longest match in the junior Wimbledon semi-final, and he missed a chance to become the first British champion since 1962.

Tseng served at only 47% but he defended his initial shot nicely, saving six out of nine break points to keep the pressure on Jack who couldn't stand it despite a great effort in sets two and three. Chun Hsin has opened the match with a break after a huge forehand error from Draper and he got another one in game three after forcing an error from the left-hander to open up a 3-0 advantage.

The top seed saved a break point in game four and he wrapped up the set in just 26 minutes after his third break of serve in game seven when Draper missed another easy forehand. In a very important moment, Jack saved two break points at the start of the second set and he earned his first break of the match in game three to open up the gap after a nice hold in game four following three deuces.

Tseng was back on the positive side of the scoreboard with a break in game six thanks to a backhand winner and they both served great in the remaining games to set up a tie break (returners have won just two points in the last six games).

The forehand let Draper down again in the second point but he regained his composure to win the last seven points of the tie break to seal the set and send it into a decider after a forehand down the line winner. Tseng saved three break points in game two, closing it with an ace and he broke Jack in the next game following another wild forehand from the Briton.

Draper was not to be denied, hitting a return winner in game four to level the score at 2-2, only to suffer another break in game five that sent Tseng 3-2 up. Chun Hsin held with a service winner for a 4-2 and he failed to convert a break point in game seven that could push him 5-2 up.

Instead of that, Draper broke back in game eight with a smash winner in one last push to cross the finish line before his rival. His efforts were in vain, though, hitting a double fault to lose serve at love in game nine and Tseng claimed four points in a row in game 10 to wrap up the title, finishing the match with an ace down the T line for the second consecutive Major crown.

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