Federer left with 'bittersweet' feeling after Chung retirement

Federer left with 'bittersweet' feeling after Chung retirement”

A record seventh title at Melbourne Park and milestone 20th Grand Slam title are all on the line for Roger Federer when he faces Marin Cilic in the Australian Open men's final.

Federer advances to Sunday's match against No. 6-seeded Marin Cilic, the 30th career appearance in a final for Federer.

The 21-year-old Chung, who stunned six-time victor Novak Djokovic in the fourth round, was forced to call it quits two games after being treated for a blister on his left foot.

There were a few whistles of derision among the largely sympathetic response of the crowd, who wanted a battle and got only a skirmish.

"I thought the first set was kind of normal, I couldn't tell what was going on with my opponent", said Federer.

"In the second set I started to feel he was getting a bit slower, fighting with the blisters".

In case you didn't know.

. I've played with them and they hurt a lot.

CHANNEL Seven came under heavy fire from fuming fans during Roger Federer and Hyeon Chung's semi-final on Friday night. He's had a remarkable tournament.

"I could tell something was wrong before he took the injury timeout, but he has a great composure". "I think I improved it (fitness) comparing to end of the previous year. If he has issues, well, bad luck for him, and I'll take advantage of it". But here we are, one match away from 20.

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We will see much more of him.

Hyeon Chung's dream run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open ended in injury heartbreak against Roger Federer on Friday. He brings power, he brings everything.

Chung's agent gave an update on the severity of his blisters after the match, painting a picture of what must've been nothing short of pure agony.

And two-time Australian Open finalist Pat Cash thinks the youngster should have done more to play on, insisting it was disappointing for his travelling fans.

" We actually played together in the Maldives on vacation a couple of months ago".

"We were both looking for a hitting partner", he explained. He will certainly be the favourite to win the title on Sunday. "I'm playing very good tennis and definitely very excited for the rest of 2018". He notched a remarkable 90 percent points won on his first serve (45 of 50), and hammered down 11 aces.

Last meeting: Federer 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-1, round robin, 2017 ATP Finals.

He beat the big-serving sixth seed in last year's Wimbledon final when Cilic also suffered painful blisters to his feet. Chung also believed the experience will prepare him better for the rigors of best-of-five-set tennis at Grand Slams.

But the bespectacled 21-year-old, nicknamed "the professor", simply had no answer to Federer's firepower.

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