Roger Federer Enters Final of Australian Open 2018

Roger Federer Enters Final of Australian Open 2018

Defending champion Roger Federer eased into his seventh Australian Open final in a bitter-sweet win after South Korean young gun Chung Hyeon retired injured in their last four showdown Friday.

It wasn't how Federer expected to advance.

"It's bittersweet. I'm happy to be in the final, but not like this". He called on the trainer because he was suffering from blisters at 1-4 down.

Rohan Bopanna of India and Hungary's Timea Babos posted a 7-5, 5-7, 10-6 win over Brazil's Marcelo Demoliner and Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in the other mixed doubles semifinal. He also sensed something wrong with Chung's movement.

The 24-year-old players were reunited at Melbourne Park in their first tournament together since the 2015 end-of-season WTA Finals where they fell in the round-robin stage.

Federer thus advanced to face Marin Cilic in tomorrow's final for a chance at his 20th major crown.

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Both have won Slam titles in the past with Federer winning a record 19 and Cilic a solitary US Open in 2014.

And when they last met in a Grand Slam final, just six months ago, it wasn't much of a match because of Cilic's nasty case of blisters.

The South Korean player had taken a medical timeout earlier in the second set to receive treatment on his foot.

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Halep was visibly tiring in the second set and called a medical time-out, where a doctor took her blood pressure. Halep faltered in the final of a Grand Slam for the third time .

His earlier opponents included six-time Australian Open victor Novak Djokovic and world No. 4 Alexander Zverev.

But it took a toll.

Just to prove how severe the issue was, Chung uploaded a picture to Instagram after the match, and it is quite horrific. Two more, maybe a third.

'I think I did right thing.

Of course, confidence and a good run of form can only help you so much when you're taking on the greatest men's tennis player of all time.

"For me, it's great to again be in the final, I give myself another opportunity to win a Grand Slam, I am playing really good tennis".

"Before the tournament, I had a thought that I could do something big and I didn't know that day will come this fast", he said. "From the return, moving, forehand, backhand, serving, I think everything is in good, solid spot. I'm feeling really excited about the final". It is the only time that the pair have met in a major final. Last year, he lost in straight sets to Federer in the Wimbledon final.

Federer has spent 302 weeks ranked No. 1 in the world during his career and now owns 96 titles.

Ken Rosewall won the 1972 Australian Open when he was 37.