Published: Sun, January 28, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Australian Open 2018: 'Angry, frustrated' Federer too good for Berdych

Australian Open 2018: 'Angry, frustrated' Federer too good for Berdych

Going into the match against Chung, Federer had a below-par semifinals record at Melbourne Park, only six wins out of 13.

The final score ended 7-6 (7-1), 6-3, 6-4. "I know that I was working hard in the off-season, and I know that I can play good matches".

"Twenty times special. I don't know what to tell you". "That's why this one feels bittersweet". "He crushed me in that semi-final", Federer said.

But if it was playing on his mind, it didn't stop him running Berdych ragged with some of his best shot-making of the tournament. He'll next face the victor of the match between Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych on Wednesday night.

World No. 2 Roger Federer sent out a chilling warning to World No. 6 Marin Cilic ahead of their 2018 Australian Open men's singles final on Sunday.

Federer and Cilic will square off for the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup on Sunday night, six months after sparring in the Wimbledon final, and two months after interrupting their family holidays for an unscheduled practise session.

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Federer's third-round demolition of Berdych previous year on the comeback from injury proved to be a defining moment on his way towards an odds-defying fifth Australian Open triumph. However, he noted that Chung's game, which features clay-court style sliding on hardcourts, could take a toll. The Korean was able to hold shortly after that, though did not look comfortable, and was providing no threat to Federer; the Swiss took complete control of the set and broke for a third time to seal the opener. Ivanisevic has played in more major finals - four to Cilic's three. Because he has played so many matches in the row, I think that's why it was a buildup. If I play bad thing on the court, it's not good for the fans and audience as well. Federer, a veteran of 382 Slam showdowns over 20 years, up against an unseeded 21-year-old lining up for just his 17th match at a Major. Tough opening matches against Mischa Zverev and Daniil Medvedev were negotiated without the loss of a set, while a five-set win over world No. 4 Alexander Zverev was hailed as the best of his career.

But he admits Cilic is risky and will be better than their last meeting. "I have to think about the ceremony".

Federer started to sense something was wrong with Chung by the movement of his rival, and he was utterly dominant until that point.

Stan Wawrinka's win over Nadal in 2014 was the only final since 2008 that didn't feature two of the Big Four.

World No.1 Rafael Nadal, six-time champion Novak Djokovic and former victor Stan Wawrinka succumbed to injuries, while five-time finalist Andy Murray didn't even get to the starting line.

The ice-cool 36-year-old - the oldest man in the final since Ken Rosewall in 1972 - is happy with where he is at.

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