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Federer into Australian Open final after Chung retires

Australian Open: Men’s finalVenue: Melbourne Park Date: Sunday, 28 January Time: 08:30 GMTCoverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website. Watch highlights on BBC Two from 13:00 GMT. Roger Federer made it through to a record seventh Australian Open final when South Korean Hyeon Chung retired in the second set of their semi-final.The Swiss led 6-1 5-2 when 21-year-old Chung was forced to call it quits, two games after being treated for a blister on his left foot.Defending champion Federer, 36, goes on to face Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final.

The world number two is seeking a sixth Australian and 20th Grand Slam title.Reaction to Federer’s semi-finalGrand Slam winner? What next for Kyle Edmund?Federer was on course to take a two-set lead after just 62 minutes when the second semi-final came to an abrupt halt.”I thought the first set was normal,” said Federer. “I couldn’t tell what was going on with my opponent.”In the second set I felt he was getting slower. He’s had a problem with the blister. It hurts – a lot. At some point it’s too much and you make things worse.”Clearly I’m happy to be in the final – but not like this. He’s had such a wonderful tournament.”Live scores, schedule and resultsBBC coverage timesChung had spent around 12 hours on court heading into the semi-final, including a gruelling win over Novak Djokovic in round four, and the physical effort finally took its toll.Federer had established a commanding lead, winning the first set for the loss of one game despite only getting 32% of his first serves in.The Swiss kept his cool after a brief disagreement with the umpire to swat away a backhand winner for a 3-1 lead in the second set, and Chung called for the trainer at the next changeover.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.Federer extends his Open-era record to 30 Grand Slam final appearances and is one win from joining Djokovic and Roy Emerson on a record six Australian Open titles.Analysis – What chance Cilic?BBC Sport tennis correspondent Russell Fuller in MelbourneThe end came even more quickly than anticipated. Federer had been in total control, varying his length and spin, and denying a tense 21-year-old any rhythm in his first Grand Slam semi-final. Both Chung, and Kyle Edmund on Thursday, would have had to play brilliantly even if fully fit to threaten a repeat of the Wimbledon final here in Melbourne. But their injury issues are another reminder of how difficult it currently is for younger bodies to withstand a full fortnight’s tennis at Grand Slam level.Blisters undermined Cilic in July’s Wimbledon final, but a fully fit Croat could pose a significant danger to Federer’s hopes of a 20th Grand Slam title. Their head-to-head record doesn’t suggest much of a contest, but Cilic can draw inspiration from his one victory. He returned superbly in the US Open semi-final of 2014, won in straight sets, and went on to win the title.Flawless Federer yet to drop a setFederer route to the finalMatchOpponent (seeding)ScoreFirst roundAljaz Bedene6-3 6-4 6-3Second roundJan-Lennard Struff6-4 6-4 7-6 (7-4)Third roundRichard Gasquet (29)6-2 7-5 6-4Fourth roundMarton Fucsovics6-4 7-6 (7-3) 6-2Quarter-finalTomas Berdych (19)7-6 (7-1) 6-3 6-4Semi-finalChung Hyeon6-1 5-2 retiredFederer’s record-breaking career

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