AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Federer sets up Cilic final after seeing off Chung
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Federer sets up Cilic final after seeing off Chung

Defending champion, Roger Federer made it through to a record seventh Australian Open final after seeing off Hyeon Chung who retired in the second set of their semi-final clash.

The Swiss, 36, was on course to take a two set lead, pegged on 6-1 5-2, when 21-year-old Chung called it quits, two games after being treated for a blister on his left foot.

Federer is seeking a sixth Australian and 20th Grand Slam title, and he goes on to face Croatia’s Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final.

“I thought the first set was normal,” the world number two said after the game.

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“I couldn’t tell what was going on with my opponent.

“In the second set I felt he was getting slower. He’s had a problem with the blister. It hurts – a lot. At some point it’s too much and you make things worse.

“Clearly I’m happy to be in the final – but not like this. He’s had such a wonderful tournament.”

Federer will meet Cilic on Sunday as the Aussie Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, comes to an end.

 

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