Aus Open Day 8 - Djokovic Downed By Awesome Chung - What Next For Novak? Kerber / Keys To Clash; Anyone For Tennys?
Novak Djokovic found himself ‘playing in front of a mirror’ according to The Tennis Podcast team, as he was knocked out of the Australian Open by Hyeon Chung at the fourth round stage.
Chung out-Djokovic’d Djokovic, pounding whiplash groundstrokes, hitting lines, reaching seemingly irretrievable balls in a blur of speed, and doing the splits when forced out wide. After winning 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 Chung was given a standing ovation inside the Rod Laver Arena. On the podcast, concern turned to the health of Djokovic, who admitted he was in a bad way with his elbow, and that he was back to the drawing board.
Elsewhere, World No.96 Tennys Sandgren defeated Dominic Thiem in 5 sets, and will now meet Chung in the quarters. Is that clash, between the World No’s 97 and 54 one of the most unlikely last eight clashes ever?
In the other quarterfinal in the bottom half of the draw, Roger Federer will take on Tomas Berdych for a 26th time. Federer leads the head-to-head 19-6, winning their last eight clashes. Can Berdych to turn it around?
In the women’s draw, Angelique Kerber and Madison Keys will face off in a blockbuster quarterfinal. How did they get there and what do the team expect when they face off? Plus, is Simona Halep really back to her best after that 15-13 final set epic?
And ahead of the Kyle Edmund vs. Grigor Dimitrov clash on Tuesday, the Tennis Podcast team give their predictions.
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