Federer left with 'bittersweet' feeling after Chung retirement

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"Now, rather than us calling them, they're calling us", he said.

Heavy strapping was applied to the world number 58's foot and he managed to hold serve on the resumption, but after Federer raced through his next service game, Chung approached the umpire and retired.

"It's bittersweet to reach the final this way", said 36-year-old Federer, the oldest man to march into an Australian open final since 1972. The Swiss master was leading 6-1, 5-2. "I think he is going to be a great, great player". "I was like, "Oh, that's cool".

"I've played with blisters in the past and it hurts a lot". I made two goals. He was eager to hit because it's good to stay in the rhythm for both of us. We also met up later for drinks, I met his fiancee. I met his fiancee. "We are so proud of him", Moon said in a statement on Saturday.

Channel Seven clearly thought a good time to conduct the interview with the footy icon was in the middle of the set, a decision that again didn't sit well with the fans.

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'We practised twice for 45 minutes.

With the South Korean's movement evidently compromised, he struggled through just two more games before deciding to retire. It was just nice and laid back. I think I've done everything pretty well, you know. "I can't walk any more".

The art of pacing himself is something he has learned and he is blessed with a remarkable physiology that has kept the injury demons at bay.

"He is already a great player but we are talking about next-level excellence and I think he's going to achieve that", Federer said. "I want to be stronger next year".

If the serve is on, Cilic will be able to get the first strike during points and his forehand should at least allow him some good moments. Maybe that's also one of the reasons I'm still out there'.

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Federer, who entered the tournament as the odds-on favourite, is primed to capture a record Grand Slam title No. 20. It would be awesome.

"I can't believe how fast now the week has turned out to be".

Cilic took to Instagram on the eve of the final to post a light-hearted photo of the pair - presumably taken during that trip - about to drink out of coconuts while taking a breather on the court.

Chung was bidding to become just the third Asian player to reach a grand slam final after former Australian Open champion Li Na and Kei Nishikori, and he had shown, particularly with his victory over Novak Djokovic in the fourth round, that he possesses the game to trouble the best.

The crowd was distinctly underwhelmed by Chung's retirement and there were a few boos. He has won 13 straight matches at the tournament and now stands just three sets from a 20th Slam. I can see why he beat the likes of Novak and Sascha (Zverev) and all the others this week and in the past. He handled that very well.

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"I enjoyed two weeks so far, on court and off court", he said.

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