Dominant Federer into Australian Open final after Chung quits

Reuters | Published: 16:02, Jan 26,2018

 
 
Roger Federer

Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves after South Korea’s Chung Hyeon retired from their men’s singles semi-finals match on day 12 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 26, 2018. — AFP photo

Ruthless Roger Federer handed Chung Hyeon an old-fashioned schooling before the South Korean quit trailing 6-1 5-2 in a damp squib of an Australian Open semi-final on Friday.

The 36-year-old was all over the world number 58 throughout a one-sided contest under the Rod Laver Arena roof, breaking three times to win the opening set in 33 minutes.

When Chung held serve to make it 1-1 in the second set a huge cheer went up from the Australia Day crowd who had hoped to witness a classic battle of the generations.

But the bespectacled 21-year-old, nicknamed ‘the professor’, simply had no answer to Federer's masterclass.

Federer broke for 3-1 with a dipping backhand pass and when Chung needed treatment on his foot blisters at 1-4 his hopes of becoming the first South Korean to reach a grand slam final looked completely hopeless.

Chung managed to win one more game but threw in the towel.

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