Chung limps out of Aussie Open but has eyes fixed on future

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES To put in perspective how fast his rise has been, at this time last year, Chung was ranked outside the top 100 and barely made the cut-off for the main draw at the Australian Open.He was also the youngest man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Marin Cilic at the Australian Open in 2010, and he was aiming to be the youngest major finalist since Juan Martin del Potro won the title at the 2009 U.S. Open.“I think (I have) a lot of confidence,” he said. “I played lots of good players in last two weeks. I can play, like, more comfortable on the court with the great players like Roger. I think I can play better next time.”Federer also believes Chung’s future is bright, though he’s hesitant to make predictions given what he experienced when he rose through the ranks, being labeled a future No. 1 and multiple Grand Slam winner at a young age.“In a way it’s funny and cool, but it’s not so cool in hindsight,” he said. “Afterward, anything you achieve is normal. I find it disappointing. Getting to No. 1, winning Grand Slams, winning Masters 1000s, it ain’t normal. It’s extraordinary.”ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers South Korea’s Hyeon Chung receives treatment from a trainer during his semifinal against Switzerland’s Roger Federer at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Hyeon Chung may have limped out of this year’s Australian Open, but his upbeat mood made clear he firmly believes he’ll be a contender at another major very soon.Chung had a devastating end to his unexpected run at Melbourne Park, forced to retire from his semifinal against Roger Federer on Friday night with blisters on his feet that were so painful, he said afterward he could no longer walk.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City But the 19-time major winner is highly impressed by Chung’s remarkable speed and court coverage, saying he reminds him of his rival, Djokovic. However, he noted that Chung’s game, which features clay-court style sliding on hardcourts, could take a toll.“The question is with that kind of a game, you just got to take care of your body, also the schedule,” Federer said.He also believes Chung showed his great mental strength in the way he dealt with his injury in their match.“Today I’m sure he was having a lot of pain with his feet,” he said. “And you couldn’t tell almost. I like that about the idea of hiding any problems from the opponent. That was very impressive, to be honest.”Chung’s ranking is set to rise into the top 30 next week, just a couple spots below another of his idols, Kei Nishikori of Japan, a former U.S. Open finalist. If Chung continues on this path, he could soon be Asia’s top-ranked player, another milestone in his young career.“I enjoyed two weeks so far, on court and off court,” he said. “I’m just really happy.” Wozniacki, Halep both hoping 3rd time is lucky in final Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding But the 21-year-old Chung is already looking at the big picture and just how impressive his achievement in Melbourne has been. He upset No. 4-seed Alexander Zverev and six-time champion Novak Djokovic en route to becoming the first Korean tennis player, male or female, to reach the semifinals of a major.Now, less than a month into the new year, he’s going to have to re-evaluate his goals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think I already make few goals, because in Korea, like, I make highest ranking in Korea, highest result in Grand Slam,” he said. “I made two goals.“Next goal is I want to finish the season without injury. I have to (have) a good recovery.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img

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