Simon Pleases French Fans In Lyon
The 32-year-old Frenchman saved seven of eight break points to overcome #NextGenATP Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-2 in two hours and 17 minutes. Simon will next meet British qualifier Kyle Edmund or Brazilian Thiago Monteiro.
Chung struck eight aces and dropped only one point on his first serve (30/31) during the 61-minute victory. The 21 year old lost to Berdych during their only prior FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting, 2015 Miami.
Chung is currently in fourth place in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan, which will determine seven of the eight 21-and-under players who will compete at the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held 7-11 November in Milan. The eighth player will be determined by wild card.
Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin set-up a second-round meeting against top seed Milos Raonic with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis. The 21-year-old Kokkinakis was playing in his first singles match of the season and only his second since October 2015. The right-hander endured right shoulder surgery last December before suffering an abdominal strain.