Novak Djokovic crashes out after shock straight-set defeat to Chung Hyeon
Chung Hyeon v Novak Djokovic 7-6(4) 7-5 7-6(3)

Novak Djokovic crashes out after shock straight-set defeat to Chung Hyeon

22/01/2018

Six-times champion Novak Djokovic bowed out of the Australian Open in the fourth round as relentless South Korean Chung Hyeon ground him down to claim a stunning 7-6(4) 7-5 7-6(3) victory on Monday.

The 21-year-old Chung, ranked 58th in the world, proved an immovable object, absorbing everything the former world number one could throw at him and returning it with interest.

Djokovic, grimacing occasionally and flexing his elbow, dropped the opening four games and although he clawed back the deficit Chung took the opening set on the tiebreak.

Chung moved 4-1 ahead in the second set but again Djokovic recovered, only to falter when serving at 5-6, netting a forehand on set point after Chung had shown incredible defensive skills to stay alive in the rally.

Again Djokovic battled back from a break down in the third set to force a tiebreak but Chung refused to let the 30-year-old Serb off the hook.

Chung hooked a mind-boggling forehand winner past Djokovic to take a 5-3 lead in the tiebreak and when Djokovic netted a return it brought up three match points.

One was enough as Djokovic hit into the tramlines.

Chung will face unseeded American Tennys Sandgren for a place in the semi-finals.

Related news

Anderson beats Querrey in New York Open final

Anderson beats Querrey in New York Open final

South African Kevin Anderson dominated a third-set tiebreak to win the New York Open with a 4-6 6-3 7-6(1) victory over American Sam Querrey on Sunday.

Kvitova beats Muguruza in Qatar final to get back into top 10

Kvitova beats Muguruza in Qatar final to get back into top 10

Petra Kvitova stormed back into the world top 10 for the first time since 2016 by beating Spain's Garbine Muguruza in the Qatar Open final on Sunday for her second title of the season.

Roger Federer cruises past Grigor Dimitrov to claim Rotterdam title

Roger Federer cruises past Grigor Dimitrov to claim Rotterdam title

Roger Federer celebrated his return to the top of the world rankings with his second title of the season, swatting aside Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-2 in the final of the ABN AMRO World Tournament in Rotterdam on Sunday.

New world No 1 Federer reaches Rotterdam final

New world No 1 Federer reaches Rotterdam final

New world number one Roger Federer delivered another polished performance to beat Andreas Seppi 6-3 7-6(3) in the semi-final of the ABN AMRO World Tournament in Rotterdam on Saturday.

Petra Kvitova beats Caroline Wozniacki to reach Doha Open final

Petra Kvitova beats Caroline Wozniacki to reach Doha Open final

The Czech beat Caroline Wozniacki in a thrilling semi-final.

Halep pulls out of Qatar Open, Wozniacki defeats Kerber

Halep pulls out of Qatar Open, Wozniacki defeats Kerber

Simona Halep pulled out of the Qatar Open with a right foot injury shortly after she reached the semi-final with a dominant 6-0 6-4 win over American qualifier Catherine Bellis on Friday.

Federer becomes oldest ATP world number one

Federer becomes oldest ATP world number one

Switzerland's Roger Federer returned to the top of the ATP World rankings for the first time since 2012 after beating Dutchman Robin Haase to reach the semi-finals of the ABN AMRO tournament in Rotterdam on Friday.

Federer closes in on world number one ranking

Federer closes in on world number one ranking

Roger Federer is one win from becoming the oldest world number one in ATP Tour history after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(8) 7-5 in the last 16 of the Rotterdam Open on Thursday.

Wozniacki and Halep ease into Doha quarters, Pliskova crashes out

Wozniacki and Halep ease into Doha quarters, Pliskova crashes out

Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep cruised into the quarter-finals at the Qatar Open on Thursday, while defending champion Karolina Pliskova was knocked out by qualifier Catherine Bellis.

RELATED NEWS

Anderson beats Querrey in New York Open final
Kevin Anderson v Sam Querrey 4-6 6-3 7-6(1)

Anderson beats Querrey in New York Open final

South African Kevin Anderson dominated a third-set tiebreak to win the New York Open with a 4-6 6-3 7-6(1) victory over American Sam Querrey on Sunday.

Kvitova beats Muguruza in Qatar final to get back into top 10
Petra Kvitova v Garbine Muguruza 3-6 6-3 6-4

Kvitova beats Muguruza in Qatar final to get back into top 10

Petra Kvitova stormed back into the world top 10 for the first time since 2016 by beating Spain's Garbine Muguruza in the Qatar Open final on Sunday for her second title of the season.

Roger Federer cruises past Grigor Dimitrov to claim Rotterdam title
Roger Federer v Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-2

Roger Federer cruises past Grigor Dimitrov to claim Rotterdam title

Roger Federer celebrated his return to the top of the world rankings with his second title of the season, swatting aside Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-2 in the final of the ABN AMRO World Tournament in Rotterdam on Sunday.

New world No 1 Federer reaches Rotterdam final
Roger Federer v Andreas Seppi 6-3 7-6(3)

New world No 1 Federer reaches Rotterdam final

New world number one Roger Federer delivered another polished performance to beat Andreas Seppi 6-3 7-6(3) in the semi-final of the ABN AMRO World Tournament in Rotterdam on Saturday.

Petra Kvitova beats Caroline Wozniacki to reach Doha Open final
Petra Kvitova v Caroline Wozniacki

Petra Kvitova beats Caroline Wozniacki to reach Doha Open final

The Czech beat Caroline Wozniacki in a thrilling semi-final.

Halep pulls out of Qatar Open, Wozniacki defeats Kerber
Simona Halep v Catherine Bellis 6-0 6-4

Halep pulls out of Qatar Open, Wozniacki defeats Kerber

Simona Halep pulled out of the Qatar Open with a right foot injury shortly after she reached the semi-final with a dominant 6-0 6-4 win over American qualifier Catherine Bellis on Friday.

Federer becomes oldest ATP world number one
Roger Federer v Robin Haase 4-6 6-1 6-1

Federer becomes oldest ATP world number one

Switzerland's Roger Federer returned to the top of the ATP World rankings for the first time since 2012 after beating Dutchman Robin Haase to reach the semi-finals of the ABN AMRO tournament in Rotterdam on Friday.

Federer closes in on world number one ranking
Roger Federer v Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(8) 7-5

Federer closes in on world number one ranking

Roger Federer is one win from becoming the oldest world number one in ATP Tour history after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(8) 7-5 in the last 16 of the Rotterdam Open on Thursday.

Wozniacki and Halep ease into Doha quarters, Pliskova crashes out
Caroline Wozniacki v Monica Niculescu 7-5 6-1

Wozniacki and Halep ease into Doha quarters, Pliskova crashes out

Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep cruised into the quarter-finals at the Qatar Open on Thursday, while defending champion Karolina Pliskova was knocked out by qualifier Catherine Bellis.