Hyeon Chung continued his historic run at the Australian Open, proving too good for Tennys Sandgren in Wednesday's opening quarter final. A rising star on the ATP World Tour, Chung claimed a 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 win over Sandgren at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena.
Chung continues to make history
The 21-year-old, already the first South Korean to reach a major quarter final, was largely untroubled on his way to the last four, winning in two hours, 28 minutes. He produced a fine display against his American opponent, also a surprise packet in Melbourne. Awaiting him in the last four will be either Roger Federer or Tomas Berdych.
Having beaten Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev on his way to the last eight, Chung had few troubles against the world number 97. A single break was enough during the first set as both players seemed to make nervous starts. The duo traded breaks in the second, but Chung edged the tie-break, winning the final three points. That just about ended Sandgren's challenge, Chung breaking for a 3-1 lead to see out a convincing win, although he was pushed in the final game.
Chung – 29/34
Sandgren – 37/43
Chung – 7/3
Sandgren – 12/5
BREAK POINTS WON
Chung – 4/13
Sandgren – 2/8
FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Chung – 76
Sandgren – 55
PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Chung – 70/62
Sandgren – 72/45
Chung – 115
Sandgren – 96
Q: Over the past few years we have seen a growth of Asian players in the singles, what do you think (about this)?— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 24 January 2018
Chung: "The first player is @keinishikori playing top 10 already. So we all Asian players looking for Kei & we trying to follow him. He's the pride of Asian player." pic.twitter.com/FvCSpF4YD4