Six-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic’s 2018 tournament has come to an abrupt end after his fourth-round exit on Monday.
The 30-year-old lost in straight sets to 21-year-old South Korean Hyeon Chung, who now progresses to the quarter finals for the first time in his career.
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Indeed, the young prodigy has become the first Korean to progress to this stage of any of the Grand Slam events, and hopes are high that he can progress even further.
Djokovic started badly and before he knew it he was two sets down. The current world number 14 regained his composure somewhat in the third set but by then the damage was done – Chung powered past him using some of his own techniques and sails through to the last eight, wherein he will face 26-year-old American Tenny Sandgren.
Ranked at world number 96, Sandgren will likely be the underdog going into the tie, with a potential semi final against Roger Federer awaiting the winner.
“When I was young I just tried to copy Novak (Djokovic) because he was my idol.”
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What a performance from Hyeon Chung.
He becomes the first Korean player to reach the last eight at a Grand Slam.
And he does it by beating Novak Djokovic.
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A ??? IS BORN!
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