For Chung, it was a bitterly disappointing end to what had been a sensational tournament. He had never beaten a top-10 player before he came to Melbourne and yet here he was, the conqueror of Alexander Zverev, the world No.4, and Novak Djokovic who, although technically not in the top 10 (he is ranked No.14), is an honorary top-tenner.
Federer, though, was convinced that the 21-year-old South Korean was here to stay. Chung will move up to No.29 in the rankings come Monday, and that is only the beginning of his journey to the top.
“He has a great composure,” Federer said. “He is already a great player, but we are talking about the next level of excellence, and I think he’s going to achieve that. We’re going to see much more of him. Top 10 for sure. The rest? We’ll see. I don’t want to put too much pressure on him. He’s done very well and I can see why he beat the likes of Novak and Sacha and all the others this week and in the past. I think he’s going to be a great, great player.”