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Australian Open 2018: Roger Federer Reaches Finals After Hyeon Chung Retires Hurt

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| January 26 , 2018 , 16:32 IST

The defending champion Roger Federer made it to the finals of Australian Open 2018 as his South Korean opponent for the semi-finals, Hyeon Chung reported blister on his left foot after only two games and ultimately call it quits.

Federer was already leading the game by 6-1, 5-2 when the 21-year-old walked over to the umpire to inform about his blisters. Chung has marked some unexpected victories in Melbourne this year, including the one against Novak Djokovic in round four.

The Korean has reportedly spent some 12 hours in the court polishing his skills before showing up at the semi-finals which ended up taking a toll on his health. While the audience at Rod Laver Arena was surprised with his unlikely retirement, Federer was disappointed.

Roger was shocked when Chung stopped the game after 62 minutes and retired. Having no idea about the pain his opponent was in, world number 2 was displeased. He clarified, "Clearly I'm happy to be in the final - but not like this. He's had such a wonderful tournament."

With Chung out of the way, Federer was handed over an easy victory his 30th grand slam final where he will play Marin Cilic, who qualified after defeating Britain’s Kyle Edmund on Thursday to fight for his 6th Australian Open title.