For Tennis fans who had cancelled their afternoon/evening plans in order to watch Federer ply his trade against the highly talented Hyeon Chung.
Chung’s ‘Djokovic style of play’ and Federer’s all court play was supposedly going to provide the Rod Laver Arena(and fans all around the world) with a wonderful semi-final spectacle, but for that treacherous little blister on Chung’s foot.
Federer had started the game on the front foot and didn’t let Chung inside the door at any point, ultimately winning 6-1, 5-2, as Chung couldn’t quite play through that mind-numbing blister pain.
The 21-year old South Korean had an impeccable two weeks in Melbourne, but had to bow out in the most unfortunate of circumstances.
In the post match interview, Federer was sympathetic towards Chung, as he had had a brilliant run, but predicted that Chung would be a top 10 player for sure in the future.
He then spoke about Cilic and how he too suffered from a blister during the Wimbledon final, hampering his movement, but would come all guns blazing in the final.
“We saw it against Rafa, we saw it again against Edmund. He brings power, he brings everything. He had a similar problem like Chung had in the Wimbledon final.”
“Not having a brutal semi-final, he’ll have rest and we’ll see a different Marin Cilic this time. He crushed me in the US Open semi-finals. I’m excited to play him.”
“We actually played together on vacation in the Maldives. We were both looking for a hitting partner. I told him to practice in the tropicals helped me get to the finals.”
“I can’t wait. I can’t wait.” Federer said.
Courier also spoke about how Federer has had a dream run in the past one year, having won 2 majors and in line to compete for his 3rd.
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He acknowledged the fact that he would have been happy to win even one major after his comeback from injury, and is delighted to be in contention for his 3rd after his comeback.
“Years ago I ran into the Novaks and Rafas along the way and they blocked me for some time.”
“I was going to be happy to win one more before I retired.”
“Now here we are, I’m one match away from another.” Federer said.
Courier also got him talking about his trophy cabinet.
“I have most of them at home. Not all of them,” he added.
“I have a nice trophy cabinet. Sometimes I go through it and think ‘wow’ and sometimes I’m like ‘it’s just tennis’.
“When we have friends round it’s cool to look at Olympic medals and trophies. It’s something I’ve worked very hard for.” Federer concluded.