Australian Open: Hyeon Chung deserved to win says Novak Djokovic

Kyle Edmund will face third seed Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals

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South Korea’s Hyeon Chung is congratulated by Novak Djokovic after their match in Melbourne
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Novak Djokovic has been knocked out of the Australian Open after losing against unseeded South Korean Hyeon Chung in Melbourne today.

Six-time champion Djokovic struggled with injury during his 7-6 (7-4), 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) defeat against the 21-year-old. With this win Chung becomes the first Korean player to reach the quarter-finals at a grand slam event.

Djokovic needed treatment to his right elbow but he told the BBC that Chung deserves the plaudits for his victory.

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“Unfortunately, it’s not great,” he said. “End of the first set it started hurting more, so I had to deal with it until the end of the match.

“I was hoping I can go through [the tournament] but I don’t want to talk about my injury tonight because then I’m taking away Chung’s victory, the credit that he deserves.”

Edmund and Federer progress to last eight

Great Britain's Davis Cup captain Leon Smith believes Kyle Edmund can upset third seed Grigor Dimitrov in tomorrow morning’s quarter-final tie in Melbourne.

World No.49 Edmund lost to Dimitrov in Brisbane two weeks ago but Smith says that the Briton is capable of winning against the Bulgarian.

“Kyle does have a chance because he’s in the quarter-finals for a reason,” Smith told BBC Radio 5 live. “Dimitrov is a step up again at number three in the world, but they had a really close match in Brisbane. Kyle hurt his ankle. There wasn’t much in it.”

Reigning champion Roger Federer will play Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals after beating Marton Fucsovics in straight sets - 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

Fifth seed Dominic Thiem was beaten by world No.97 Tennys Sandgren in a stunning upset. Sandgren won 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (7-9), 6-3 to set up a last-eight tie against Korean star Chung.

Halep happy with ‘marathon’ tournament so far

Women’s top seed Simona Halep says she’s delighted to reach the quarter-finals after beating Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-2.

Romanian Halep, who injured her ankle in the first round, said: “It was a great match. I am really happy to be back in the quarter-finals. I didn't expect this at the start of the tournament because of the injury.

“The tournament has been a marathon for me. I am just trying to enjoy it and give everything.”

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