Chung Hyeon v Roger Federer
- Author: Jill Young Jan 28, 2018,
Jan 28, 2018, 0:40
With that victory, at 36-years-old, Federer has become the oldest man to reach an Australian Open final since 1972, and he is only the second man in the Open Era to reach multiple finals in Melbourne past the age of 35.
Roger Federer says he has nothing to improve in his stellar game as he closes in on a 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. It will be his 30th final in all Grand Slam tournaments, extending a record which he already held.
After his win over Kyle Edmund in the semi-finals, Cilic said his game was not too dissimilar to Federer's.
Just two players have beaten both of the modern-day giants on the way to a grand slam crown. "It was the weirdest thing".
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One can only imagine the celebrations that will ensue if he gets past his next opponent, 19-time major victor Roger Federer, to reach his first major final. "He crushed me in that semifinal", Federer said.
As much as the men's final on Sunday is supposed to be an equal contest between the two best players left upright and healthy after six matches, Roger Federer always stands tallest in his sport and Marin Cilic, even looking down from 6ft 6in, knows it.
"I just have to play a good match. He has the power, and if he's come this far he's playing well".
Fed wanted air conditioning turned on. Ivanisevic has played in more major finals - four to Cilic's three.
"I played the first set without feeling him having really that many issues, to be quite honest".
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In what was their first meeting on tour, the outclassed Chung could only hit six winners with 19-times Grand Slam victor Federer unearthing 26 winners in a match that felt more like a training exercise.
The bespectacled Chung was South Korea's first grand slam quarterfinalist, but his task of upsetting Federer became more hard when he was broken in the first game.
Trailing 4-1 in the second set, the world No 58 sent for the trainer and took a medical time-out to have treatment on the blister. The Swiss master was leading 6-1, 5-2.
"In the second set I started to feel he was getting a bit slower, fighting with the blister", Federer said afterwards. He's had a problem with the blister. "I'm just trying my best in the future.". Did you realize he didn't come to the net and stayed at the baseline?
"I definitely think him winning the U.S. Open ... gave (him) great belief", Federer said. He has great composure.
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In a repeat of last year's Wimbledon final, we should be treated to a more competitive affair this time around as blisters curtailed Cilic's performance significantly at SW19.