South Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon has won the Seoul ATP Challenger event in his hometown. He defeated Australia’s Max Purcell 7-5, 7-5.
Both players were fighting to win their second ATP Challenger title. Purcell won the $50k Gimcheon title in 2016, defeating Kwon in the semis.
Kwon won the $54k title in Yokohoma back in March this year. He had also lost in the 2017 Seoul final to Thomas Fabbiano.
World no. 162 Kwon got the first break of serve in the second game with a ripping forehand at 40-15.
Purcell, the world no. 268 hit back in the next game after Kwon double-faulted at 15-40.
Games went with serve until Kwon was serving in the seventh game where Purcell had a break point after his opponent hit long. Kwon conceded the break when hitting wide.
Purcell was facing a break point in the next at 30-40. Kwon hit long to waste his first opportunity to get back on serve. A good passing shot after a long rally earned Kwon another break back opportunity.
Another loose shot by the Korean and it was back to deuce. Purcell had Ad after Kwon again hit long.
Kwon put together some good shots to move his way into the net where he smashed and then volleyed to win the point. He again attacked the net to force an error and have another break point.
An inside out forehand winner saw Kwon win the game for 4-4.
In the 12th game of the first set, a backhand into the net from Purcell saw him at 15-30. Kwon hit into the net to ease the pressure but then a lucky net-cord for Kwon gave him a set point.
Some big forehands by the Korean saw him move to the net in a good position to volley, but Purcell threaded a passing shot down the line to stay in the set.
More attacking play earned Kwon a second set point. The set was his after Purcell hit a shot into the net.
Purcell broke in the third game of the second set to get the early advantage.
Kwon was facing two more break points in his next service game. He would go on to win that game to avoid falling behind by a double break.
Games went with serve until Purcell was serving for the second set at 5-4. He fell behind 0-30, won a point, then hit a drop shot into the net to face two break points.
Kwon needed just one opportunity to win the game and level the set at 5-5.
Purcell fought to earn a break point in the next game but Kwon saved it with a smash winner. Another well played point saw Kwon again smash to win a point.
The game was his after Purcell mis-hit a ball over the baseline.
With Purcell again serving the 12th game to stay in the set, as happened in the first set, Purcell was broken to lost the match.
Purcell had some consolation as he would later team up with fellow-Australian Luke Saville to win the doubles title.