Though not many were looking forward to the faceoff between Korea’s Hyeon Chung and America’s Tennys Sandgren, the quarterfinal clash produced some brilliant moments. The best of them was perhaps Sandgren’s insane reflexes to keep off Chung’s body shot and eventually win the point.
While Chung came to the game defeating the likes of World No. 4 Alexander Zverev and six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, American Tennys Sandgren had to beat two of the top-10 players, Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem, to become just the second man in the last 20 years to reach the quarterfinals on his Australian Open debut. Hence, the duel was bound to be filled with grit and determination.
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The barrage of shots went on to 13 exchanges between the pair before a powerful forehand by Chung to Sandgren’s body, which almost looked like the winner, was returned by the American quite spectacularly and unexpectedly, who brought his racquet to his face to return it. It pretty much unsettled the Korean who ended up playing a loose lofted shot to the hands of the American and Sandgren ended up winning the rally.
Chung missed four match points in the last game and had to fend off two break points, including one in a 31-shot rally dominated by slice backhands, before finally beating Sandgren.
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