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Bogeyman Chung Hyeon set to give rivals nightmares

Nightmares loom for players dreaming of grand slam success if they have the misfortune of running into bespectacled bogeyman Chung Hyeon in coming years, according to his coach Neville Godwin.

South Korea's new sensation became his country's first grand slam semi-finalist on Wednesday with a 6-4 7-6(5) 6-3 defeat of Tennys Sandgren, proving a waking bad dream for the 97th-ranked American at the Rod Laver Arena.

Like victims Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic before him, Sandgren hammered away desperately at Chung, only for the unseeded Korean to keep returning with a zombie-like resolve.

"Everyone has their strengths, but for Hyeon, I think it would be a nightmare to play against him because he basically out-Djokovic-ed Djokovic (on Monday) which is something that not that many people have been able to do."

Chung's blazing run through the Melbourne Park draw has appeared like a bolt from the blue on the surface, but the 21-year-old has shown flickerings of promise for a number of years.

The parts have all clicked in a devastating way in Melbourne over the past fortnight but the best is very much yet to come as he matures and enjoys more structure to his scheduling.

"We have changed some technical things on his serve, which he's a lot more comfortable with now," said South African Godwin, who ended his partnership with big-serving compatriot Kevin Anderson last year.

"He has the option now of serving a high percentage or getting a free point or going for an ace... and he's feeling a lot better about that.

"It's not quite the finished product yet, it's still quite a work in progress but that's definitely improved.

"I'd also like to see him use his phenomenal speed to get up the court a little bit more and use it more in offence rather than only on defence."

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