Favorites Federer, Kerber, Djokovic v Chung Monday At Australian Open
by Staff | January 21st, 2018, 5:27 pm
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The last 8 spots in the quarterfinals will be filled Monday at the Australian Open. Former champions Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic head toward a Friday semifinal, but first they have work to do.

Federer is finally featured in the afternoon against little-known Hungarian Marton Fuxsovocs. The 25-year-old Fucsovics had never won a Grand Slam match until this week, and until last fall in Basel had never reached an ATP quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Federer hasn’t lost a set and has won 10 straight matches in Melbourne.

Novak Djokovic gets night billing against 21-year-old Hyeon Chung. Djokovic drilled Chung two years ago in the first round in Melbourne, but the Korean is much-improved and Djokovic is coming off a long sabbatical.

Tomas Berdych battle feisty vet Fabio Fognini and Tennys Sandgren hopes to kick his dream run going against Dominic Thiem.

In the women’s fourth round, Angelique Kerber resumes her bid for a second Australian Open title against the surprising Su-Wei Shuai. After her marathon win, Simona Halep returns to face the hard-hitting Naomi Osaka and in the evening Karolina Pliskova collides with Barbora Strycova in an all-Czech battle.

American Madison Keys opens play on Rod Laver against French No. 1 Caroline Garcia.


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136 Comments for Favorites Federer, Kerber, Djokovic v Chung Monday At Australian Open

BBB Says:

Keys is looking pretty good in this tournament. So much game – I hope she is learning how to deploy it. Seems like she is.


Kimberly Says:

Sure does In this match!


AndyMira Says:

Yeah!…Chung could be really tricky for Novak today…he’s so steady from the baseline,fast & could struck winner’s from everywhere..and he’s the mini-me of Novak..but i don’t believe he will beat Novak today..nope!…So,Novak in 3 or 4..


squirrel Says:

Hi sis AndyMira! Hope you’re doing well and enjoying this awesome Australian Open, miss chatting with u!

And you see, Federer got the day match! So I hope you guys can now cut him some slacks! It’s not his fault that he attracts viewers and that AO organizers want him at night. But today, it was normal he didn’t get the night session as his opponent wasn’t well known, so he didn’t get it….


Willow Says:

Hi Squirrel nice to see you here, Federer is playing very well, hope your well my friend ;-)


Willow Says:

This guy Sandgren is playing pretty well, we have a surprise on this side of the draw, as well as our Kyle on the other side too ….


Willow Says:

Squirrel for me this was never about Federer, or who was in whos side of the draw, the two things are completely different, it was the whole AO scheduling as a whole an umberella situation, and the unfairness towards some players, that was my only beef, mix things up each round to make everyone happy, end of made my point ….


squirrel Says:

Hi Willow! Hope you’re doing well too, miss chatting with you too sis. Yeah so far I’m happy with his form. Rafa’s is doing great as well, i lived for his match against Schwartzman! How are you enjoying the tournament so far?


squirrel Says:

Yeah Willow, i read your previous comments and I get really where you were coming from which was why my first comment wasn’t for you. You stated objectively your concerns and I totally agree, quite disappointing of AO for that and also for letting players who were clearly unwell like Monfils to go on in an abnormally too-hot weather.

However, I feel posts like J.S., AM etc really tried to paint Federer as a bad guy just because he asked for night session (which, like he said, other 60 guys also asked for…)


AndyMira Says:

Hi Squirrel my bro!…Oh my God!..Is that how u see my post?Tried to paint Fed as a bad guy?I knew you’re very smart than me Squirrel..u got PhD..and i’ve only got a Diploma from my neighbourhood kindergarten…but you’re soo wrong u know!

Like Willow said..it’s not about Fed at all..it’s about the upper echelon & their starstruck of Fed & make a mess with scheduling..Hope u understand squirrel…

Btw…miss chatting with u too!


squirrel Says:

hahahah AM, you”re so cute and funny. Owhhh so sorry if I hurt your feeling, I worded it wrong, I just got the idea that you blamed Federer since you said you refused to watch his matches anymore :(

But it’s okay, everyone has the right to have opinions, I would never hold it against you, it’s all for fun truly! Sorry sis!

Yeah, hopefully we can continue chatting here :)


squirrel Says:

Btw, congrats on being ranked very high on the bracket, so proud of you! :)))


gonzalowski Says:

Hi squirrel, AM; no, but Imo it’s Roger, in fact, who we’re talking about here, who’s benefiting from the scheduling.

intersting 1st set Nole-Chung


squirrel Says:

Hi Gonzalowski. Yeah very interesting indeed, cannot believe Chung is serving for the set! can he do it???


gonzalowski Says:

hmm for the moment no!


squirrel Says:

ops, no, spoken too soon, lol


squirrel Says:

as usual, Novak shwoing he’s the king of breaking serve! hehe


Van orten Says:

Choking Chung !!! Nole is still far far away from his best .. this court makes you penetrate his defense. Something you couldn’t do in slower years


gonzalowski Says:

Stepanek will be raging ’bout Nole’s drops and display in the net


Van orten Says:

Choking completely destroying his set all by himself .. now watch nole take the set easily !!! Was hoping for a competitive 5 set match ..


AndyMira Says:

Awww Squirrel my bro!…Sooo relief read your words!…I almost pee’d & poo’d in my pants reading your last post u know!Hate it if i knew i hurt u with my words here…

We’re okay now bro??I’m sorry too if i hurt u with my post k?

Oh!…Bracket?Woih dik!…i’m sitting in 6th!!…Miss Kimberly is really ROCCKKK in 1st atm & enjoyed kicking my a@# it seems!hahaha…oh well….


gonzalowski Says:

korean friends will be enjoying!


squirrel Says:

Chung is very impressive at the neat to 2-1 in the TB, ala Federer!


squirrel Says:

Cheers AM!!! :)


J.S. Says:

Omg on both these tie breakers – Thiem and Sandgren are fighting so hard, unbelievable!! Wow they are going to game 5.

Chun just won Djokovic tie break – crazy good stuff!!


AndyMira Says:

Gonza 4am…Of coz Fed benefiting from all the scheduling hype Gonza..that’s his main purpose when he asked to play on night session in the first place…to gain advantage over his opponents…but i don’t blame him for asking it…


Wog Boy Says:

Chung is simply outplaying this Nole, it’s obviously that Nole is nowhere near his best, this will be three easy sets for Chung. Good luck QF Chung.
As for Nole, second week was success.


squirrel Says:

so cute AM! right back at you! ;)


J.S. Says:

Is Djokovic okay? Uh oh!
Wrog Boy?? You watching?


AndyMira Says:

Thanks squirrel!…Btw…Nole is hurting atm i think…


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.
No, he is not, I think he only playing to give chung satisfaction of beating him instead of retiring.
I don’t care about this match, but long term, I am afraid we won’t see him back soon.
The only good thing that he will lose player who gre up idolizing Nole.


AndyMira Says:

Yes!!..That’s the spirit of the warrior!…They never give up!


AndyMira Says:

He’s hurting everywhere…it’s hard to see great champ suffer like this…


Daniel Says:

Wht is going on? Woke up and Thiem is down 2/5 to Sandgreen, dis he save MO in fourth ser tiebreak?

And Djoko was 4-2 down to Chung second set. At least he broke back the game I started wathicng.


Van Persie Says:

Thiem also on his way out…

WB,

well, in this case Chung has earned a victory over Nole.
Can you tell, if the problem occurs from elbow or hip?

Djoko did say befor the AO, that the my take a surgery into consideration, should this be needed.


Mridul Says:

All this is making Roger Federer the ultimate favourite to win.


Wog Boy Says:

Thiem gone, cannot believe it.


Daniel Says:

Thiem out. That first 5 set he played being down 0-2 was not alrady a great indiciation.

Come pn Nole and regroup. If he somehow beats Chung today next round will be easier. He needs this second set.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
It’s elbow, but he stopped chasing the balls and is in the pain when stretching to reach the ball. He can’t even take advantage of Ching mediocre serving.


Van Persie Says:

Thank you WB, even it’s not good news….looks like 2018 might be over for Djoko. Was nice to see him in a few matches though….am sure he will need a surgery.


Wog Boy Says:

He is just trying to shorten the points regardless of winning or losing tthem and get off the court.


Daniel Says:

OMG, deuce. Chng 2 pints away from breaking and double set lead. Big point


Van Persie Says:

Am glad I do not see the match :)


Daniel Says:

2 FH winner to hold. 5-5


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
At one stage, when he was saying that he is not ready, I thought he is just trying to fly under the radar, but he is not right.
Yes, it was good to see him again and I am happy was in Melbourne to watch him live.


Van orten Says:

Jesus already talking about surgery but nole is playing just fine .. incredibly intense match so far on rod laver …


Daniel Says:

Damm it Chung, what a get.


Mridul Says:

Why in the hell Chung is not the most talked about youngster!


Daniel Says:

From the games I started watching 2-4 second set I don’t see an issue, maybe was frustration. This last game he was on it, missed an return winner by a hair and Ching plaid an amazing point otherwise could have been BP.

Serving to force breaker.


Wog Boy Says:

“..nole is playing just fine..”

What are you smoking?


Daniel Says:

And his FH is working fine, moving the ball well.


Daniel Says:

Damm it, 8 DF in 2 sets.


Wog Boy Says:

First thing, old Nole would take advantage of Chung’s service, but he can’t even touch his second serve, not to talk about Nole’s DFs.


Daniel Says:

Well, now I believe its over. DF on game point to go to tiebreak showed it


Wog Boy Says:

What a point to take second set, like watching Nole.


Van Persie Says:

I like to watch Nole too, but I would not like to see him hurting.
Am glad Chung is the slayer, and not someone else :)


j-kath Says:

Oh my, really sorry about Nole.


Daniel Says:

What a point, Chung is a wall


Daniel Says:

Early break, just what he needs.


Danica Says:

Great play Chung. Nole is not playing bad but he is obviously feeling some discomfort. There was a whole bunch of great points. Nole breaks in third set. The ESPN commentators mentioned that this is a good chance for Nole to see how it is playing against him.

Re-break.

VP,
I don’t see why the 2018 would be done for Novak. He is rusty but he’ll have plenty of time to rest and heal better until the next tournament.


Daniel Says:

HE also should come to the net more often,becuase he mad several decent shots only to Chung defend and return it.


Van Persie Says:

Danica,

I really, really hope, that I am wrong, trust me….and would be very happy, if he lost today due to rustiness, and not due to elbow issue…


Wog Boy Says:

When I watch Chung defense I know how the fans of other players felt when their favorite was playing against Nole.


Danica Says:

Someone was asking if Federer was now the clear favorite. I wouldn’t agree. I was not impressed at all watching him today. I feel like a lot of guys play better: Rafa, Dimitrov, and who knows, maybe Chung or Tennys?


Wog Boy Says:

Chung is even sliding into his BH like Nole.


Danica Says:

VP,
I am actually very pleased with Nole. I didn’t expect anything from this AO. I was happy when he made it past the 2nd round, the last year result.

I would agree with Daniel – Nole had beautiful opportunities to come to the net and finish the point.

3-1 Chung.


Daniel Says:

Over. HE is not winning the important points. Was so the game he was broken end of second set and this last one. He needs to win the closing points, which he is not.


Wog Boy Says:

9 DFs, 50% first servis and more bad stats …Good playing? Wouldn’t say so.


Van Persie Says:

Danica,

I am also pleased with Nole’s result….my only fear was the elbow. I did not expect him to win this tournament.


Van orten Says:

Underestimate Federer at your own peril!!! Though I must admit berdych will be tough . Very tough


Daniel Says:

Danica and Federer has Berdych net fresh from 2 easy straight sets win. DelPo and Berdych are the players who give Federer scares lately. Last year he had a master performance against Berdych, he will have to do it again this year.

2 BP’s for Djoko.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

I was complaining on Saturday about the DF’s…did not like his serve very much.


Daniel Says:

Another long exchange and Ching wins, Dam it, thought Djoko would break with a cross court FH and the ball came back.


Daniel Says:

Finally, brave and come to the net to finish the point. He has to try something after moving Ching, baseline only is not working


Daniel Says:

Finally he misses a shot. back on serve. Still alive.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
He strated the match same as against Monfils, difference is, Chung is not Monfils, he grew up in confidence and now is hitting freely and everything goes in. Regardless, it’s nice match to watch, Chung deserves credit for his part.


Van orten Says:

Fast Court is a fast Court


Wog Boy Says:

Agassi is pissed off, I wonder what was he pointing to Nole.


AndyMira Says:

WB 5:39am…Thank u for your understanding…that is exactly how we felt..


Daniel Says:

What was that, why not just go DTL open? Wanted to wring foot and made this mess


AndyMira Says:

Oh my God!…I can’t believe Novak missed that!!Urgh!!


Wog Boy Says:

And they say Nole is playing good, mistake, shankig BH, shanking FH, not moving 70% the way he is/was capable of.


Van Persie Says:

^^ accuracy of the shots (via BH or FH) was an issue also in the last matches, that is usual after a long break


Wog Boy Says:

Nole is playing with heart, that’s all he can do, wounded and outplayed, that’s all he can do.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

I will watch this match in a few days, but will not be able to do it today, am sure :) hehe


Daniel Says:

Yeah, finally s defense old Djoko like, 0-30


Wog Boy Says:

Ok, I will be clear, I am more than happy if I am proved wrong and if this quality is result of rustiness and not an injury.


Van orten Says:

Chung is fast as hell .


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
I don’t have problem watching it since this is not old Nole.


dave Says:

Wow!! I just found myself another favorite. Chung man you are outta dis world!!!


Wog Boy Says:

They used to call Nole brick wall that moves, this boy is every bit of it now.


Van orten Says:

Maybe you all will be cheering in 2 hours after the 5 set victory of nole … maybe the elbow Will already be forgotten by then and everyone will be pumped up about noles chances to win the whole thing … maybe ..


Daniel Says:

Another 0-30 gone.


Wog Boy Says:

How on earth Nole doesn’t jump on his second serve.


Daniel Says:

Jees, the ball he returned. He is a wall today.

C’mon, Djoko at least force tiebreak and make him feel the pressure of getting closer to win. Don’t get broken like set 2. Use your experience


FedExpress Says:

What a player Chung is.

Come on. Has to win this match in this set. He will be pretty tired soon.


J.S. Says:

Chung is a little me Djokovic. The 3rd set will go to TB, Djokovic has come from behind all 3 sets and might come back – commentators said he hasnt lost 3 set since 2009.

OMG this kid just made crazy shots – not sure anyone could defend that! Djokovic doesn’t want to lose and love his fight too…

Chung bageled Zverev – huge upset, he had 0% chance to win per odds!


dave Says:

Chung is a wall!!!


AndyMira Says:

I can’t believe Novak give the ball back to Chung when the other side was empty…


Daniel Says:

Easy hold. Tiebreak it is.


Daniel Says:

0-3. Big hole


FedExpress Says:

Now or never for Chung. Cant see him lasting another set tbh.


Van orten Says:

PUre panic in the box . Relax guys he will win this


J.S. Says:

Can’t see which one lasting another set?? FED EXPRESS!


FedExpress Says:

lol

Chung you had one job.


Danica Says:

Credit where credit is due : Chung way better today. My consolation is that he stayed pretty close, even though he is rusty. It’ll go better ftom here.


Daniel Says:

Impossible, jess. Unbelievable!


Danica Says:

Great pass from Chung. Wow!


AndyMira Says:

This kid start boasting…


Daniel Says:

Not meant to be. What an effort for Chung. great win fir him!


Danica Says:

Bravo Chung! Deserved win. Absolutely. Wow!


Wog Boy Says:

Great win, good luck Chung.

Good luck Nole too.


AndyMira Says:

Gracious as usual Nole even when he lost…Wish u all the best with the recovery Nole!


Van Persie Says:

Congrats to Chung! Will have to watch this match.


Van Persie Says:

Good luck to Nole,

Really hope I am wrong and we will see him in Indian Wells, as he has planned.


squirrel Says:

owh sucks for Nole…but happy for Chung, after Kei, he’kk be a great repsentation for Asia. His passing shot is imperious…so so good, I’m blown away!


squirrel Says:

Only 3 aves in this match, they’re both such good returners!


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
It’s well worth watching.


squirrel Says:

*aces


el_matador Says:

a legend is born..it was like they made a better version of nole in laboratory and sent it to fight it out against the real nole..big respect to both these guys..nole never gave up..but the guy who grew up idolizing him was too good..another amazing match in rod laver..australian open rocks /m\


J.S. Says:

Sorry WogBoy! Djokovic will be okay, want to hear his presser!

Chung made me tear up w/ his interview “When I was young I was just trying to copy Novak because he’s my idol”

WOW!!!


Danica Says:

Well guys, it was nice seeing you again, I’m off to sleep.
Really impressed with Chung. Good luck!

And,
Vamos Rafa tomorrow!!!


j-kath Says:

Perhaps Nole’s unforced errors meant he was forcing himself to try as hard as he could even though he wasn’t close to his best.
Think he’s still far from being fully fit….Wogboy?


Danica Says:

J.S.
Yes, that brought smile on my face. How nice to say something like that! I’m happy he fulfilled one of his dreams. Good sport.


Margot Says:

Sorry for Nole fans. Thrilled for Chung. Ahem.. ahem cast your eyes on my bracket folks…
Not too surprised, I didn’t feel Nole had had enough time to bed in his new serve. Hope that’s all that’s wrong, and it’s not more injury. In passing, day matches didn’t help none either.
Indeed Wog Boy, how often have us Andy fans seen his miracle shots come back with interest.
Goooo Chung! Goooo Dimi!


Van Persie Says:

J.S.

Thank you for posting that from Chung. I could not see the match and it was lovely from you. The bitter taste went a it away by reading that line.:)


Wog Boy Says:

J.S., JK, Margot and others,

Thanks for commiserations, but I really don’t feel bad, I am proud of Nole, he wore his heart on his sleeve, we can’t ask for more than that from not fully ready (fit) Nole. Is he quite right? We’ll find out soon.

I couldn’t pick nicer player for Nole to lose from. Chung played supreme tennis, he desrved to win and good luck to him.

I am just afraid that his two big weaknesses will be exposed by better player who is able to mix more, really bad service game and forward movement, coming to net.


Wog Boy Says:

Nole just confirmed that his elbow is not great, we will hear more in coming days.


Giles Says:

Ole man and fans must be salivating!


BBB Says:

was asleep for the match but Chung is certainly having a coming out party at this AO! I hope he can keep it going.


t4t Says:

Poor Djokovic! He got a really tough draw but the headlines and Fed fans tried to make us believe Fed got a tough draw just because the tough Quarter was in Fed’s half! To make it more certain that Fed would win, he was given night slots every time on the SAME court till the round of 16 and a token day slot given now when it is cooler against a non-challenger from a weak draw. The others as well as the great 6-time AO winner were made to play in unbearable temperatures and on DIFFERENT courts and time slots to disrupt their fitness and RHYTHM.. But history will not record this and Fed and his supporters are on safe grounds.
I feel really frustrated by my helpness while watching this blatant discrimination. Don’t worry gonza, I won’t bore you for too long. I may stop watching tennis.


Chris Ford Says:

I skipped watching this, had planned taking the day off so I could watch Thiem-Djokovic QF. What did I know??
Chung played great, Novak played better than many shaking off the rust of a long layoff. But his movement, serve, and admission of ongoing elbow problems is ominous news to me. Novak appears unlikely to be back in full 100% condition and force for much of 2018, if at all.

If there is a good side of this, we have a new emerging young talent that just may be one of the stars of tomorrow. And a player that Djokovic has encouraged and practiced with long before anyone knew his name. It means something to the Asian players and tennis programs from India to Japan that Novak has taken an interest in them and given them and the places they hail from, respect. Besides Hyeong, Djokovic has encouraged and practiced with another S Korean player. Lee Duck-hee, who is deaf.

It is gratifying to read how Chung gave Novak such credit in his victory statement. Has to take some of the sting out. It is a good role model occasion as well, as Rafa has also showed, when a great champion doesn’t have it, but shows up and gives his opponent and the audience his best, fights with heart.


Scott Hardy Says:

Congratulations to Chung for his amazing performance against Novak! Chung’s game is so exciting to watch. Stay healthy Chung and hope to see your game continue to shine! :)


j-kath Says:

Chris Ford: Very decent and warming comments.


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