CROCKED Novak Djokovic was run out of the Australian Open by Korean younger gun Hyeon Chung.
Six-time champion Djokovic, damaged in physique however not in spirit, went down preventing.
However the Serb’s Grand Slam comeback resulted in a fourth-round defeat because of his dodgy proper elbow and the brilliance of his opponent.
Chung, winner of the NextGen Finals for gamers aged 21 and beneath final November, confirmed he was able to play with the massive boys with a 7-6 7-5 7-6 victory.
The 21-year-old beat the previous No1 at his personal sport, because the pair traded blows in lengthy rallies which despatched them scurrying everywhere in the Rod Laver Area courtroom.
Courageous and good although the South Korean was, Djokovic was hampered by the elbow damage which had saved him out of tennis for six months after Wimbledon.
The Serb continuously grimaced in ache and lesser gamers would have thrown within the towel, particularly after fightbacks within the opening two units resulted in him shedding them each and he fell a break behind within the third.
However Djokovic confirmed all the center of a champion.
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A dink on the web fell agonisingly huge at break level within the seventh sport, and it went to a different tie-break.
The Serb recovered from Three-Zero down, however hit a forehand lengthy after which fell sufferer to a Djokovic-like move by Chung.
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One last wide backhand, and it was all over.
Speaking after his incredible victory, Chung said: “When I’m young, I’m just trying to copy Novak because he’s my idol.
“I can’t believe this. Dreams came true tonight.”
Tennis was the winner in a high quality, compelling match. And Tennys was the winner in the Margaret Court Arena.
That’s not a misprint. Tennys Sandgren, the American No10, had never won a main draw match at a Grand Slam before this event.
Now the 26-year-old from Tennessee (you couldn’t make this up), who is named after his great-grandfather, will meet Chung for a place in the semi-finals after a five-set win over No 5 seed Dominic Thiem.