Published: Sun, January 28, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Hyeon Chung: dream run comes to an end at AusOpen

Hyeon Chung: dream run comes to an end at AusOpen

The 19-time Grand Slam victor, who will now vie for a sixth title in Melbourne on Sunday, broke Chung's serve at the first attempt and took the first set before his inexperienced opponent had settled.

Federer will match Djokovic's record for most Open era title victories at Melbourne Park if he can defeat Cilic in their 10th career meeting.

Federer beat a spirited Marin Cilic 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-6 6-1 under the roof at Rod Laver Arena in over three hours to set a fresh benchmark in men's tennis.

Federer's bid to reach the 30th grand slam final of his decorated career was rarely troubled by 21-year-old Chung, who could only muster one break point against his elder rival.

Cilic, 29, is bidding to win his second major title and become the first Croatian to win the Australian Open.

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Federer reached the final after South Korean Chung Hyeon retired in the second set of the semi-final.

Steen: Federer has spent less time on court than one of the women's finalists this AO, thus he's fresh as a daisy and has played some fantastic tennis over the past few matches. Cilic had beaten Britain's Kyle Edmund 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in the semi-finals.

A sports commentator said: "I'm surprised, if it's just blisters, that he's not going to see it through to the end".

"In the second set, I could feel he was getting a bit slower, fighting with the blister".

Federer clearly had the Melbourne crowd on his side as the full assembly wanted to see him win his 20th Grand Slam. "If I play bad thing on the court, it's not good for the fans and audience as well".

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Cilic overcame him on the way to winning the 2014 US Open final, but it is his only win in nine encounters and the Swiss defending champion has glided to the brink of another title without dropping a set.

"You do take the faster matches whenever you can because there's enough wear and tear on the body", Federer said.

"I definitely think him winning the U.S. Open ... gave (him) great belief", Federer said.

"It isn't just an easy trip to the finals", Federer said, per the tournament's official website. From the return, moving, forehand, backhand, serving, I think everything is in good, solid spot. "However, I had to make a tough decision given that I can not compete 100% against Roger, in front of many tennis fans".

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"I've played with blisters in the past and it hurts a lot".

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