Chung vs. Sandgren
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 23, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)|
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Tennys Sandgren and Hyeon Chung meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Australian Open.
Tennys Sandgren is coming off a five sets win over Dominic Thiem that took 53 games to decide. In the victory, Sandgren won 79 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Sandgren continues what has been the surprise of the tournament, as he beat Stan Wawrinka in the second round and is now in a grand slam quarterfinal in just his third try of his career. Sandgren has about made as much money in this tournament alone that he’s made his entire career. While he’s still green to big matches, Sandgren looked like a guy who thought he could win, has the crowd behind him and is playing with terrific confidence. Sandgren has split his last six quarterfinal matches, all of which have come in challenger play. Sandgren has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.
Hyeon Chung is coming off a straight sets win over Novak Djokovic that took 38 games to decide. In the victory, Chung won 65 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Chung is another cinderella in this tournament, as he never made it out of the third round of a grand slam before this showing, and he’s fresh off the biggest victory of his young career. Chung has been a defensive wizard this tournament, keeping the ball in play and forcing his opponent to win grueling, marathon rallies. It’s clear to say that the 21-year-old Chung has arrived and is ready for the big stage based on what he’s done the last couple of weeks. Chung has split his last six quarterfinal appearances, one of those victories coming in the Bavarian International Tennis Championships. Chung has won seven of his last nine matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Auckland of this year, a match that Chung won in three sets. The match took 30 games to be decided.
You could make a case for Sandgren here, and the fact these two just played a three setter tells me that this could be another toss up that goes the distance. However, I can’t bet against Chung. And it’s not just what he did against Novak, as Chung has been a rising name the last couple of years and is always that polished defensively, just a brutal player to face and forces his opponent to hit constant winners. I need to see more from Sandgren before I have the confidence he can beat a player as disciplined as this.
I give the edge to Chung in this match.