Roger Federer majestically moved into the Australian Open closing on Friday, after his opponent, South Korea’s Hyeon Chung retired injured, with foot blisters.
Federer had already ruthlessly claimed the primary set 6-1 and was cruising 5-2 within the second set, when the Korean determined to decide out of the sport.
The Swiss ace, who has 19 Grand slam trophies in his identify, will now meet Croatian Marin Cilic within the closing on Sunday. By qualifying for the ultimate, Federer has turn out to be the oldest particular person since 1972, to play within the closing.
In a courtside interview, Federer empathised with Chung for his harm, as he too had skilled it earlier than.
But the defending champion was not blissful the way in which the match ended.
“It’s bittersweet. I’m incredibly happy to be in the final, but not like this.”
“He [Chung] has a great composure and I think we’re going to see a lot more for him. Top 10 for sure. The rest, I don’t know, I don’t want to put too much pressure on him. I think he’s going to be a great player.”
Federer additionally spoke about his Sunday opponent Marin Cilic, who beat him within the semi-final of the US Open in 2014.
“We saw it against Rafa, we saw it again against Edmund. He brings power, he brings everything. He had a similar problem like Chung had in the Wimbledon final”, he stated of Cilic.
“Not having a brutal semi-final, he’ll have relaxation and we’ll see a distinct Marin Cilic this time. He crushed me within the US Open semi-finals. I’m excited to play him.
“We really performed collectively on trip within the Maldives. We have been each in search of a hitting companion. I advised him to follow within the tropicals helped me get to the finals.
“I can’t wait. I can’t wait.”