Australian Open: Excited to play Chung Hyeon, says Roger Federer

Updated: Jan 25, 2018, 09:22 IST | PA Sport

After annihilating Berdych 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 in Australian Open quarter-finals, Federer says he's looking forward to playing South Korean giant-killer next

Swiss Roger Federer acknowledges the crowd after his win over Czech Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open quarter-final yesterday. Pic/AFP
Swiss Roger Federer acknowledges the crowd after his win over Czech Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open quarter-final yesterday. Pic/AFP

Roger Federer is happy to see Kyle Edmund and Chung Hyeon make their breakthroughs at the Australian Open to bring fresh blood to the sport. Federer will play Chung after beating Tomas Berdych 7-6, 6-3 6-4 while Edmund takes on Marin Cilic. "I think it's a good thing," said Federer. "They've got to make a move. I find it disappointing when their breakthroughs come at 27, because then we know them for seven years. I like it when we don't know the guys.

Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych
Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych

"I hardly know Chung. I've hardly spoken to him. I had one Nike appearance once with Edmund over in London. That's about it. Maybe otherwise I've shaken his hand twice and spoken a few words to him." Federer said: "I think next year when we'll have 16 seeds, it's going to be quite different. "That's how I grew up with it. It's nice to go back to that. I do believe in some ways it's going to open some draws, but at the same time it's going to be some really tough ones from the get-go, which I think is a good thing. Those first weeks sometimes have become really dull." Chung became the first Korean player to reach the last eight of a Slam by beating an ailing Novak Djokovic and he followed that up by showing his class against Sandgren, an even more unlikely quarter-finalist.

"I'm very excited to play Chung," said Federer. "I thought he played an incredible match against Novak. To beat him here is one of the tough things to do in our sport. I know that Novak maybe wasn't at 110 per cent, but he was all right. To close it out, that was mighty impressive. "I think it's an interesting match for me. I'll definitely have to look into how I need to play against him because he has some great qualities, especially defensively, like Novak has."

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