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Roger Federer's pedigree can gain entry to select grand slam club

28 January, 2018, 00:40 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Hyeon Chung Roger Federer

The bespectacled 21-year-old, conqueror of six-times Australian Open victor Novak Djokovic, suffered from blisters on his foot before retiring from the match while trailing 6-1 5-2 against 19-times grand slam champion Roger Federer.

The 21-year-old Chung needed a medical timeout to re-tape his left foot after going down a break in the second set and only played two more games before he quit.

He was reminded of the disparity between them at Wimbledon a year ago, when Federer toyed with him, ruthlessly exploiting his poor movement on blistered feet to win the final in an hour and 41 minutes.

- Cilic's Croatian first - Cilic is the first Croatian man or woman to play in an Australian Open final and is bidding to become the country's first multiple major victor ahead of Goran Ivanisevic and Iva Majoli, who won one each.

Hyeon Chung Novak Djokovic
GETTYChung admitted his favourite match was beating Novak Djokovic

"I think he is already a great player, but we are talking next level excellence and I think he will achieve that", said Federer, who is into his 30th Grand Slam final as he chases a 20th major title.

Cilic also defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 2-0 after the Spaniard retired injured.

"We saw it against Rafa [Nadal] and we saw it again last night against [Kyle] Edmund".

A family holiday in the Maldives might seem a good time for Roger Federer to put the racket down, but the Swiss mastercould not resist the offer of a hit when he found out Marin Cilic was also relaxing in the islands.

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"We'll see a fresh and ready Marin this time around". Over the last few days, it was blister under blister under blister. He had it shaved off, now it's red raw. "To get to know the man behind the tennis player, I guess". I (had a) really good experience in the last two weeks. "It shows us that we did a lot of things right in the off-season as well".

"No [nothing to improve], I just have to play a good match. And I hope I can read his serve".

"I'm playing much, much more aggressive", he said. I did see today why he beat the players like Novak, Sascha [Zverev], other players in the past. "I'm just happy I'm in the final, to be honest".

All that remained was for Federer to comiserate with his opponent, as the Swiss took his place in Sunday's showpiece final with Cilic, in a battle of number two versus number six in the world this weekend.

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Considered one of his biggest strengths, Cilic needs to make a high percentage of first serves to have any chance. I (am) going to play on the court. He crushed me in the US Open semi-finals. "I think I can play better next time".

Although happy to conserve energy for Sunday's final, and even make it out in time for a spot of dinner, the 36-year-old defending champion said it had been a "bitter sweet" victory. Really honored to play with Roger in semis in Grand Slam. I'm just learning a lot.

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