MELBOURNE, Sporting Alert – Latest 2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles results on Day 8 at Melbourne Park on Monday, Jan. 22, as a former champion and world number one was shocked.
The highlighted result on the day came at the Rod Laver Arena showcourt where six-times champion Novak Djokovic was stunned by South Korean Chung Hyeon in the fourth round.
Djokovic, the No. 14 seed was unable to match the relentless effort of Chung, who kept the very daze looking Serbian grounded for the entire contest to secure a remarkable 7-6(4) 7-5 7-6(3) victory.
The fourth round victory also saw the 21-year-old, the Next Gen ATP Finals winner, becoming the first South Korean to ever reach the quarter-finals of a grand slam.
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Djokovic entered the Australian Open with an elbow problem he was hoping to heal as time passes.
However, it was evident the former world No. 1 had not recovered as much as he wants as he occasionally grimaced and flex the area during the contest and Chung clearly took full advantage.
He was also forced to take a medical time out to treat the elbow at the second set.
Defending champion Roger Federer had no problem progressing to the last eight of the Australian Open, following a 6-4 7-6(3) 6-2 victory over Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.
The Swiss world No. 2 was advancing to the last eight for the 14th time and has never lost a quarter-final at Melbourne Park, according to Reuters stats and information.
Federer will take on Czech 19th-seed Tomas Berdych in the next round.
Berdych eased into the last eight for the seventh time in eight years when he beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-1 6-4 6-4 in his fourth round match.
Another surprising result in the fourth round of the 2018 Australian Open came at Hisense Arena where Tennys American Sandgren continued his impressive march towards winning a maiden grand slam.
The world No. 97 knocked out yet another top 10 seeded player on Monday after beating No. 5 Austrian Thiem 6-2 4-6 7-6(4) 6-7(7) 6-3 to proceed to the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time.
Sandgren conquered ninth seed Stan Wawrinka in the second round and the 26-year-old will take on Chung next.
“I don’t know, I’m in disbelief, I don’t know if this is a dream or not,” said an amazed-looking Sandgren. “It’s pretty cool. He played some really, really great tennis.
“I knew I had to take my chances. I knew from the back he could out-strike me, so I knew I had to be aggressive. Thankfully it worked out in the end.
“It’s my first main draw, and now I am in the quarter-finals,” Sandgren added.