Six-time champion, Novak Djokovic, couldn’t make it to the quarter finals of the Australian Open after struggling with injury and beaten by South Korea’s Hyeon Chung.
The Serb, who missed the second half of the 2017 season with an elbow injury, was making his return to competitive action in Melbourne.
He made it through three rounds but could not cope with a brilliant performance from Chung, while at the same time clearly struggling physically.
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Djokovic, 30, had treatment to his right elbow after the first set and was visibly in pain at times, as 21-year-old Chung, won 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 7-6 (7-3) to become the first Korean player to reach the last eight at a Grand Slam.
“When I’m young, I’m just trying to copy Novak because he’s my idol,” said Chung after the feat.
“I didn’t know how I’d win this tonight.
“I was just honoured to play against Novak, and happy to see him back on the tour,” he added.
Chung will face another surprise quarter-finalist, American Tennys Sandgren, who upset fifth seed Dominic Thiem in an earlier fourth-round match.
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