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2018 Australian Open: Hyeon Chung Knocks Out Alexander Zverev In Five Sets

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| January 20 , 2018 , 16:35 IST

German fourth seed Alexander Zverev was thrashed out of the year's first glam-slam tournament by world number 59 Hyeon Chung in the third round on Saturday. The former faced a five-set defeat as the South Korean clinch victory in three hours and 22 minutes.

Continuing his seven-match winning streak, Chung crumbled his opponent by 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 2-6 6-3 6-0 and became the first South Korean man to reach the last 16 of the Australian Open. Zverev, on the other hand, seems highly disappointed in himself and ended up smashing his racket.

Despite being ranked World number 4, Zverev is yet to reach any Grand Slam quarter-finals from 11 attempts. After making some unforced mistakes, the six ATP title-holder threw a hissy fit about the darkness and complaint the same to the umpire, who in turn, appeared sympathetic?

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"Turn on the lights!", he yelled at the umpire, who tried his best to maintain a calm demeanour. The player made his displeasure known along the lines, "Can we sit down and wait then because he’s serving? I can’t see the ball. He’s throwing the ball up into the darkness — I can’t see it."

The crowd was getting annoyed with every passing second and soon starting booing the German star and he had to resume playing. Post losing the match, Zverev was enraged and ended up breaking his equipment and stomping it for further effect and received a code violation for racket abuse.

Chung will now move onto the fourth-round match of 2018 Australian Open where he will either six-time champion Novak Djokovic or Albert Ramos-Vinolas. In the latest development, Maria Sharapova was knocked out from the tournament by Angelique Kerber on Saturday.