Hyeon Chung becomes first Korean to reach Grand Slam semifinal

28 January, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Alyssa Little
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"You do take the faster matches whenever you can because there's enough wear and tear on the body, there's enough tough matches throughout the season that when they happen, you take them", said Federer. "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".

Federer was sympathetic. "I've played with blisters in the past a lot, and it hurts a lot, and at one point it is just too much and you can't take it anymore", he said."That's when you realise there is no way you can come back and you make things really worse, it is better to stop". It's better to stop.

"Chung reminds me of Novak, sliding across the back of the court and getting balls back", said Federer.

The match between Federer and Tomas Berdych was a continuation of their career encounters.

Roger Federer had come into second Sunday of the Australian Open a year ago with 17 Grand Slam titles.

To put in perspective how fast his rise has been, at this time past year, Chung was ranked outside the top 100 and barely made the cut-off for the main draw at the Australian Open.

The Australian Open's semifinal matchups have been set on Wednesday, with Roger Federer and Simona Halep still the ones to beat in the tournament.

But it took a toll.

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Federer added, "At this point, I wrote Rafa late last night before I went to bed, it was the last thing I did". I'm playing much, much more aggressive. "That's why I think I was actually very nervous going into this match tonight, and that's why I struggled very early on".

Roger Federer and Marin Cilic will be playing each other in their second Grand Slam final.

But caution is also the watchword for the second seed: "I definitely think him winning the US Open gave him a great belief he can do it". He also sensed something wrong with Chung's movement.

Federer's flawless play, and Chung's injury, meant there was little chance of an upset for the 21-year-old in their first encounter.

Stan Wawrinka's win over Nadal in 2014 was the only final since 2008 that didn't feature two of the Big Four.

The defending champion - chasing his sixth title in Melbourne at the age of 36 - broke Chung's serve three times on Rod Laver Arena without breaking sweat in the first set as the South Korean player was utterly dismantled by the Swiss player's stunning all-court game.

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He didn't let anyone down in a clinical dismantling of the No. 58-ranked Chung, who won the Next Gen ATP Finals last November.



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