Monday 9 December 2019

Roger Federer through to Australian Open final as Korean opponent retires

South Korea's Chung Hyeon shakes hands with Switzerland's Roger Federer
South Korea's Chung Hyeon shakes hands with Switzerland's Roger Federer

Roger Federer has reached the final of the Australian Open after opponent Chung Hyeon retired hurt in the second set of the semi-final. Federer was leading 6-1 5-2.

Federer was given a simple passage through to his 30th grand slam final when Chung unexpectedly retired.

The young Korean's run to the last four has been one of the stories of the tournament, but he was in big trouble on the scoreboard before he took an injury time-out for treatment to a blister on his foot trailing 6-1 4-1.

He played two more games but, serving at 2-5, Chung abruptly headed to the net to shake hands, taking the packed crowd in Rod Laver Arena completely by surprise.

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