Federer Strolls Into 7th Australian Open Final As Injured Chung Retires
Reigning champion Roger Federer strolled into the Australian Open final in a bittersweet win after Chung Hyeon’s retired injured in their semi-final game on Friday.
The Swiss legend was leading 6-1, 5-2 when the South Korean called it quits with foot blisters and will now face Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final. Chung, the first South Korean man or woman to play in a Grand Slam semi-final, was treated in a medical timeout for the left foot problem two games earlier.
But it came as a big surprise when the 21-year-old walked to the net at 30-30 and trailing 2-5 after 1 hour 02 minutes in the second set to concede defeat. It put Federer into his seventh Australian final as he chases his sixth Melbourne title and 20th Grand Slam victory.
The Swiss maestro now has a 30-13 win-loss record in Grand Slam semi-finals and has yet to drop a set in this year’s Australian Open. Federer broke Chung’s serve four times off 11 break points and only had one break point on his own service.
The Swiss second seed hit 24 winners while Chung made 17 unforced errors in 14 games, eight of them off his normally potent forehand.