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Chung vs Basilashvili ATP Rotterdam Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Chung and Basilashvili meet for the first time in Rotterdam opener

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 10 Feb 2019
  • Hyeon Chung vs Nikoloz Basilashvili is live from Rotterdam on Monday, 11 February from 9:00pm local time/ 8:00pm GMT
  • Chung and Basilashvili meet for the first time on Monday
Hyeon Chung. (Photo by PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Korean young gun, Hyeon Chung seeks just his second win of the season when he takes on Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam on Monday.

It's seems a long time ago now that Chung reached the semifinals of the 2018 Australian Open, upsetting Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic along the way before retiring against Roger Federer in the last four, but his rapid progress has been severely hampered by injuries, and he is projected to fall outside the top 50 when the updated rankings are published on Monday.

Chung had backed up his Australian Open run with a solid couple of months, reaching at least the quarter finals in his next five tournaments, but trouble soon began to set in, as the Korean missed almost three months between May and July because of an ankle injury.

The 22-year-old never really found his early season form on his return to the tour, but he still managed quarter finals in Atlanta, Winston-Salem and Stockholm, where he ended his season via another retirement due to a foot injury. The Korean, who broke into the top 20 earlier in the season, ended the year at No. 25, but he has gone tumbling down after a poor start to the season, particularly after failing to defend semi-final points from last year’s Australian Open run. He opened his season with consecutive opening round losses in Pune and Auckland, before crashing out in the second round of the Australian Open, following a four-set loss to Pierre-Hugues Herbert. 

Can he finally get something going in Rotterdam?

He's got a tough start, as he takes on the hard-hitting Georgian, Basilashvili on Monday.


Nikoloz Basilashvili. (Photo by GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
Basilashvili is 4-3 on the ATP World Tour this season, after making the quarter finals in Doha, where he stretched Novak Djokovic to three sets, and the third round at the Australian Open, but he suffered his first really bad defeat of the season last week in Sofia, where lost to Germany's Daniel Brands in the first round.

The 26-year-old old broke into the top 20 in 2018 after winning ATP 500 titles in Hamburg and Beijing, where he beat Juan Martin del Potro in the final, while he made the fourth round at the US Open in his other marquee result of the season. Basilashvili stretched Rafael Nadal to four sets in that Round of 16 tie, but ultimately found the great Spaniard too good. He also made quarter finals in Marrakech, Budapest, Antalya and Metz, and was 29-26 for the season.

Basilashvili is playing the Rotterdam main draw for the first time in his career, after falling to Nicolas Mahut in the qualifying rounds in 2015 in his only previous appearance at the tournament.

Monday's match against Chung is also the first meeting between the two players, and on the evidence of the second half of last season, and the start of this campaign, Basilashvili is in a better space at the moment, while Chung must surely be struggling for confidence after his poor start to the year. The Korean can really do with a win, and at his best, he can frustrate Basilashvili with his movement and counterpunching, but he hasn't quite been up there so far this season, and could come up short on Monday.

Hyeon Chung vs Nikoloz Basilashvili is live from Rotterdam on Monday, 11 February from 9:00pm local time/ 8:00pm GMT

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