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Hyeon Chung to be star attraction at Tata Open Maharashtra

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

South Korean Hyeon Chung, who defeated winner of multiple titles Novak Djokovic earlier this year, will be a star attraction at the second edition of Open Maharashtra beginning in December.

The World No. 26 is expected to be a top draw at the ATP 250 event to be played at the here.

Open Maharashtra Prashant Sutar was excited to sign the Korean as one of the first players for the event.

"Chung is one of the most exciting talents in today. His consistent run across various tour events, including Australian Open, since winning the inaugural Next Gen Finals last year has made him a to watch out for this time at Open Maharashtra," Sutar was quoted as saying in a

The 22-year-old made waves at the 2018 Australian Open, where on his way to semi-final against legendary Roger Federer, he stunned world No. 5 Alex Zverev in Round of 32.

But what created ripples was handing six-time Melbourne Park winner and his idol Djokovic a straight sets loss in the round of 16.

However, he had to retire from the semi-final against Federer due to

But by then he had already created history by becoming the from to go past fourth round of a tournament.

Chung started the year ranked No. 58 and by April he climbed to a career-high ranking of 19, mostly due to his unprecedented run at the

In November 2017, Chung had announced his arrival winning the inaugural ATP Next Gen Championships in

begins on December 29 when the qualifiers will take place on the first two days to determine the last four entrants for the main tournament.

The main draw will start from December 31 with the final scheduled on January 5.

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First Published: Mon, October 15 2018. 18:15 IST