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Third-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini booked his place in the SkiStar Swedish Open quarter-finals on Thursday after beating Swedish #NextGenATP wild card Mikael Ymer 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and five minutes.
Ymer, having swept through the first set, recovered from 1-3 down in the second set and had a break point chance for a 5-4 lead, but Fognini held serve in a 20-point game. Fognini broke to love in the sixth game of the decider and went on to deny 19-year-old Ymer the biggest win of his fledgling career.
Fognini goes on to challenge Argentina’s Federico Delbonis, who broke serve four times to beat eighth-seeded Australian John Millman 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 33 minutes. Delbonis reached the Argentina Open semi-finals (l. to Bedene) in February.
Later today, fourth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet makes his tournament debut against Gerald Melzer of Austria and seventh seed David Ferrer, the 2007, 2012 and 2017 champion from Spain, takes on #NextGenATP Norwegian wild card Casper Ruud.
On Wednesday, Canadian Vasek Pospisil advanced to just his second tour-level quarter-final since October 2015, defeating recent Nature Valley International champion Mischa Zverev to move into the last eight at the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open in Newport, Rhode Island.
In the newest edition of ATPWorldTour.com's 'On The Line' series, Pospisil discusses his favourite music and the interesting career he wants to pursue when he stops playing tennis.
What's your biggest passion outside of sport and why?
Music. Just because it soothes my soul. I love it.
What’s your favourite musical group?
In My Life by The Beatles.
What’s the last book you read?
The Sale of A Lifetime.
What’s your favourite book ever and why?
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. It’s probably the one I’ve tried to apply to my life the most and it’s a really good read.
Person whom you admire the most?
My father for the sacrifices he’s made in his life and because he’s taught me everything that I know. He’s taught me how to handle myself as a man and he taught me how to play tennis.
My tennis career will be a success ________________.
If I could finish my career and say that I left everything out there and didn’t feel like I have any regrets in terms of trying to get better every day. I don’t know what the results are going to bring, but I want to hold ATP World Tour titles, which I haven’t done yet, and finish inside the Top 20 [of the ATP Rankings] at some stage in my career.
After my tennis career, I want to _____________.
Start a family and become a real estate investor.
What makes you want to go into real estate?
I don’t know, I just have a real passion for it. I like the idea of being in real estate and making passive income, being able to spend time with my family and trying to grow real estate wealth.
Have you done any of that yet while on the ATP World Tour?
I’ve just started. I’ve just kind of planted the seeds just to kind of get into it. I’m not going to focus on that until after my career. As soon as I finish my tennis career, then I’m really going to educate myself and dive into it and make that my priority No. 1 in my career. [But] not before I’m done with tennis, because there’s too much risk to go into something that I’m not fully educated in.
Entering this week, Jason Jung had never won a match on the ATP World Tour. But on Wednesday, when he turned to the crowd at the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open in Newport and put his hands in the air, the 29-year-old had broken new ground.
Jung defeated 2013 Newport champion Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-4 to reach his first tour-level quarter-final.
“It’s pretty unbelievable,” Jung told ATPWorldTour.com. “I’ve worked hard to get here. I think I’ve always believed I’ve had a game to be here, so it’s just cool to see the success playing out.”
It’s not a bad result for a player who did not start his professional career immediately after playing collegiate tennis, despite making the All-Big Ten Conference team twice at the University of Michigan. Instead, Jung began a job as a business analyst. But shortly thereafter, things changed when he was laid off.
“A lot of people said it was a good opportunity to go out and play,” Jung said. “I didn’t really know what to expect and at the beginning, it was really tough. I must have lost five first-round Futures [matches] and was traveling by myself. There were a couple of times when I wanted to quit. It was just so hard. It’s pretty amazing to me that I kept going and now I’m here.”
It's been a difficult path for Jung. At first he gave himself two years to see how he'd fare on the ATP World Tour. Ever since, he has reevaluated the situation at the end of each season and decided to continue pushing forward, despite never finishing one of his eight pro seasons inside the Top 150 of the ATP Rankings. What has motivated him to do so?
“Just the family behind me. I have a lot of friends and my coach. They’ve always believed in me and told me to keep going,” said Jung.
He started his 2018 campaign battling illness in January before reaching the semi-finals of an ATP Challenger Tour event in Dallas and triumphing for the third time at that level the next week in San Francisco.
“Since then, there have been a couple of ups and downs, but I think for the most part it’s my coach and friends and family, they’re just telling me to keep going.”
At Wimbledon, Jung made his Grand Slam main draw debut, advancing through qualifying, before losing to Frenchman Benoit Paire. Then Jung, who represents Chinese Taipei, received a wild card into this week’s grass-court ATP World Tour 250-level event.
“When you get a wild card for an event like this, it’s like playing with house money and just trying to enjoy it, and I think I’ve done a good job of that so far,” said Jung, who will play American Tim Smyczek for a spot in his first tour-level semi-final. “It’s a great opportunity for both of us.”
Regardless of the future outcome, Jung is pleased to have made it this far in Newport and to post one of the best weeks of his professional tennis career. And while on the surface, people will see that this is his maiden quarter-final, he knows that it is more than just a result.
“I guess you could say it’s an overnight success, but this is many years in the making. There was a lot of struggle through this process,” Jung said. “I’ve worked hard to be in this position.”