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Australian Open: Chung beats Djokovic

South Korea’s Chung Hyeon  has beaten six-times Australian Open champion, Novak Djokovic  7-6(4) 7-5 7-6(3) on Monday during the Australian Open, making Chung Hyeon the first South Korean to reach a grand slam quarter-final where he will face American Tennys Sandgren.

Tellingly, Chung won 34 of the 54 rallies that exceeded nine strokes, most memorably when he slid at full-stretch to hook a forehand winner past his opponent to take a 5-3 lead in the third set tiebreak.

It proved the final straw for a weary Djokovic who netted a forehand return on the next point and then shunted a backhand into the tramlines after yet more Chung defiance.

The ice-cool Chung barely celebrated, but after being warmly congratulated by Djokovic he walked across to milk the applause from the sell-out crowd, including a sizeable Korean contingent.

To his credit Djokovic, who again wore a compression sleeve on his playing arm to protect the elbow that forced him off Tour last year and was clearly causing discomfort, fought tenaciously like the great champion he is.

REUTERS

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