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Chung sends Zverev crashing out of Australian Open

South Korea’s Chung Hyeon celebrates his victory over Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the third round of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne on Saturday. AFP
South Korea’s Chung Hyeon celebrates his victory over Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the third round of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne on Saturday. AFP

MELBOURNE, Saturday (AFP) - Chung Hyeon became the first South Korean man ever to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open with a five-set upset win over fourth seed Alexander Zverev on Saturday.

The 58th-ranked Chung beat a top-five ranked opponent for the first time with his 5-7, 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory in 3hr 22min on Rod Laver Arena.

He will face either six-time champion Novak Djokovic or Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in Monday's fourth round.Chung's feat also makes him only the third South Korean player -- man or woman -- to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam. "It was really tough, he is a really good player and we know how to play each other," said the glasses-wearing 21-year-old, who trained in the heat of Thailand before coming to Melbourne.

"I played Novak two or three years ago, so if he wins tonight I just want to enjoy things on the court."

It was another disappointing exit from a Grand Slam for the highly-ranked Zverev, whose game fell apart in the final set and was issued with a warning for smashing his racquet in frustration after a service break. While he won five titles and was one of just four players to beat Roger Federer last year, he has yet to get beyond the fourth round at a Grand Slam.

To rub salt in the wounds, it was a Zverev family double for Chung who eliminated older brother Mischa in the first round of the tournament. American Tennys Sandgren is pinching himself after advancing to the round of 16.

The 97th-ranked Sandgren won only his third Grand Slam match to keep his amazing run going at the year's opening major. He got past German Maxmilian Marterer 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) in just under three hours and will now line up against Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals.

KERBER CRUSHES SHARAPOVA

Angelique Kerber crushed Maria Sharapova in straight sets in a battle of former champions. The 2016 winner from Germany and 21st seed roared past the Russian 2008 champion 6-1, 6-3 in 64 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to reach the last 16.

Kerber will face either 26th seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland or Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei for a place in the quarter-finals.

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