Chung Moves From Generation Next To Generation Now

Jan 22, 2018

There have been many Cinderella stories already at the first grand slam tournament of 2018 in Melbourne, but the most compelling of all those would have to be that of 21 year old Hyeon Chung from South Korea who has now reached his first ever major quarter-final at the Australian Open, Chung stunned his idol and former six-time champ Novak Djokovic and the majority of tennis fans around the world with an excellent display of power, pace and precision to win in straight sets against the well fancied Serb, it appears that the NextGenATP 2017 champ has suddenly graduated to be Generation Now.

Chung is currently ranked world No.58 and although he has been touted as a future Top 20 player, it seems many tennis pundits are now predicting a quick rise through the ranks for the Suwon native and a possible Top 10 place is certainly not out of the question in the not too distant future, the tennis Chung displayed on Rod Laver Arena last night was reminiscent of an in-form Djokovic at times and some of his court movement and passing shots were right up there with some of the best that Novak has produced over the years on RLA.

Chung will next face Tennys Sandgren, a 26 year old American who is also enjoying a career best run in Melbourne, in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, Chung and Sandgren have between them dispatched four of the bigger names in the men’s singles draw, Chung outlasted the 4th seed Alexander Zverev in a tough third round five-set encounter before his clinical display against Djokovic in the fourth round, while Sandgren toppled Stan Wawrinka (No.9 seed) in round two before then edging the 5th seed Dominic Thiem in a terrific round of 16 match on Hisense Arena last night.

After his win over Djokovic, Chung will now start the match against Sandgren as a warm favourite, it will be interesting to see if the favouritism tag has any effect on the 21 year old Korean as he shoots for a spot in the last four in Melbourne, Chung has probably already surpassed even his own expectations at this 2018 Australian Open, but if the young man can somehow continue his fairytale run and end up holding the Norman Brookes Cup on the final Sunday, then Hyeon Chung from South Korea will have definitely graduated to be Generation Now.

Written by: Tono

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Milo says:
Jan 22, 2018

Very nice March overview Tony.

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