Australian Open: Chung Hyeon beats Tennys Sandgren to make Grand Slam history

Updated: Jan 25, 2018, 09:34 IST | AFP

History-making Chung Hyeon became the first South Korean to reach a Grand Slam semi-final and the lowest-ranked player in 14 years to get to the last four at the Australian Open yesterday

South Korea's Chung Hyeon
South Korea's Chung Hyeon

History-making Chung Hyeon became the first South Korean to reach a Grand Slam semi-final and the lowest-ranked player in 14 years to get to the last four at the Australian Open yesterday. Ranked 58, he needed six match points before completing a clear-cut 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 win over unseeded American Tennys Sandgren. He will face defending champion Roger Federer in tomorrow's semi-final.

USA's Tennys Sandgren
USA's Tennys Sandgren

In beating Sandgren, Chung, 21, became the first man or woman from his country to make the last four of a Grand Slam and the lowest-ranked men's semi-finalist in Melbourne since Russia's Marat Safin (No. 86) in 2004. His achievement comes after his monumental wins over six-time champion Novak Djokovic and World No. 4 Alexander Zverev to herald his arrival to big-time tennis. "I'm really surprised to make the semis, I beat Sascha [Zverev], Novak and other good players. I have never played in the second week at a Grand Slam," he said.

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