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Djokovic and Chung Hyeon at the net.

Novak Djokovic posts classy tweet after Australian Open exit

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Novak Djokovic has never been as well liked or respected as some of the other elite tennis stars.

In the past, he has bemoaned not receiving the same love which Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray all get.

His class has been questioned at times, as his outspoken nature is often met with a muted response.

One thing which he cannot be accused of is being a sore loser.

Most professional sports players have tantrums every so often, and no-one likes to lose, but Djokovic is always first to congratulate an opponent and gave praise where it is due.

After what, on paper, was one of the most shocking defeats of his career, Djokovic still took time out to wish his conqueror well on Twitter.

The number 14 seed clearly wants the rookie to do well this year, and is genuinely happy for his early career progression.

It is a very fair compliment from the 12-time Grand Slam winner, Chung played fantastically well, in a dogged energetic performance which had the 30-year-old scrambling to make his returns.

The Serb has been returning from a long injury layoff, and his performances have clearly been affected.

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Djokovic did battle hard in this one, coming back from 4-0 down in the first set, 4-1 down in the second, and 3-1 in the third, but eventually succumbed to an irrepressible opponent in tie breaks.

The 21-year-old Korean became the first player from his country to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final. A feat made more impressive by the stature of the opponents he has beaten en-route.

Beating Alexander Zverev before dislodging the former world number 1 is a run that any would be proud of.

His next opponent is a little easier than what it could have been; world number 97 Tennys Sandgren knocked out fifth seed Dominic Thiem in another shock result.

So, the young star’s run may yet continue.

Were he to progress, his potential semi-final opponent could be the 'GOAT' Roger Federer.

What a story that would be if the youngster were to get to the final having beaten the Swiss second seed aswell.

Regardless of what happens from now on, Chung Hyeon has had a memorable tournament, and looks poised to have a fantastic career.

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