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Fabulous performance from Marin
Cilic. Fabulous tournament. For Kyle
Edmund. Kyle Edmund will have
learned such a lot over the course
of his six matches here.
learned such a lot over the course
of his six matches here.
Yesterday, sadly, the end of the
road for Kyle Edmund as he was
beaten by the big hit in Croatian,
Marin Cilic. But he can walk away
with immense pride in his
achievements down under, along with
a large pay packet and a ranking set
to soar. So, Cilic is through to
face the winner of today's
semifinal. Like yesterday, youth
against experience, as the great
Roger Federer takes on 21-year-old
Hyeon Chung. A Matt Schaub
contrasting styles and much more. --
a match of contrasting styles and
Federer wins the Australian Open.
is just the start of his career.
That was breathtaking. It is all
about Roger Federer. That was a
performance that will live long in
The difference between the two is
vast. The question is, can Chung
channel his inner Djokovic? His
results have certainly been
impressive so far. In a third-round
committee defeated another one of
the rising stars, and then next
round was Djokovic. Not many people
get to meet their idols, even fewer
get to beat them, but Chung outrun
and outplayed the six time champion,
such is the changing face of men's
tennis. One seemingly unstoppable
force stands firm, wafting everybody
aside with ease. Yet to drop a set
or be troubled. So, today, could
this man find the formula to
challenge Roger? The young South
Korean made along, nervous walk for
the biggest match of his career so
far, his first major semifinal. For
this round, though, it is familiar
territory. His 14th Australian Open
semifinal, 43rd in total in Grand
Slams. The records continue to
tumble when this man steps onto
court. We can join the match at the
start, with our commentators John
Lloyd and Andrew Castle.
That is a fascinating first game.
Roger Federer, testing, pulling
Chung from side to side. An indoor
match, a celebration of everything
Roger Federer has achieved before.
An amazing atmosphere at the Rod
Laver Arena. Chung responding. He
will find himself under pressure in
this game. He already is.
Welcome to a Grand Slam semifinal,
Hyeon Chung South Korea, the first
South Korean player to achieve a
major semifinal. Yesterday, Kyle
Edmund against Marin Cilic, two
break points in game one.
Chung, so loose of ligament,
flexibility, great natural athlete.
Lateral mover. He's had a lot of
Five Australian Opens.
Well done, Chung.
Didn't like the
look of that rally. Thought Federer
was manoeuvring him around and got
set with the big forehand. That is
normally a shot where, well, I'll
see you later. But he missed it at
the top of the net.
doesn't come through this game he
will be extremely disappointed. He
knows exactly what he is facing now.
Chung hits the ball hard, he moves
superbly and he has youth on his
Brutal opening game.
Federer gets the breakthrough. A
43rd semifinal in majors, which is
utterly ridiculous. Every spectator
enjoying that opening game.
Chung has not played badly.
hit the ball great. But it comes
back half-volley, back to a length.
I thought that was coming, the way
Federer was looking over.
The ball is arriving very quickly
back at Federer. He will know
exactly what he is facing tonight.
He knows it is the best of five
sets. Eight minutes played, as you
can see. Although Federer is in
charge, seemingly, we will see about
If the South Korean player can just
stick around for a while, Federer
has come out excited, playing well.
We know his record in all regards.
Phenomenal. His reputation is second
to none. But there is no doubt that
Chung's ground strokes are a match
Yes, the top-spin bringing it down.
Called that before it even bounced.
That is a shame for Chung because he
is in the rally. He might not be,
Top of the net. Fortune favouring
Federer, there. It was high enough
to go over. It would have been a
pretty tough volley for the South
Korean player. It would have been a
pretty defensive volley.
What a tough opening stanza disses.
-- this is.
The two opening games have gone to
Roger Federer. Not without a fight.
He suffocates you, Roger Federer.
You have no time to breathe. He is
just on top of the ball. So close to
the baseline, just not giving you a
chance to prepare for the next shot.
This content -- contest is very much
A dominant opening from Roger
Federer and he would break again. We
rejoin at 5-1, Chung serving to stay
in the set.
15 straight sets for Roger Federer
at this Grand Slam Championship.
Carving through the draw. The first
time he has got to the semifinal of
a slam doing this, this is the 11th
time, getting to the semifinal
without losing a set, five times he
has gone on to win the tournament,
two without losing a set!
Sometimes I wonder if he looks down
the other end and wonders how
anybody is making a living from
tennis. They are all rubbish!
Slowing at first serve speed down,
if he misses his first serve, his
second serve is getting attacked big
time, he will slow that down just to
get the first serve in.
Five Australian Open is won by Roger
He could take a step toward a sixth.
Marin Cilic is waiting in the final.
It's a good job that was catching a
bit of the rockets, otherwise that
would have been a complete
would have been a complete whiff. --
caught a bit of the racket.
have been a complete airball.
Not a good idea coming in on the
Federer forehand. Not a good idea
coming in period, I think, the way
that Federer is playing at the
moment. Too much room.
Too much time.
Just a little too cute. Federer had
made the move.
Just does not give him time.
Not a bad first serve. It comes at
him so fast he can barely flick that
back, and then opening straight to
the Federer forehand.
the Federer forehand.
And Mark Webber, there.
Sending out all of these messages
during this set. Any time he missed
the first serve, I'm standing
straight in the baseline. Any time
you hit a ground strokes, if it is
not within two feet of the baseline,
I am smacking it wider view. Just
taking no time, giving him no time
Having to flick balls from within a
foot of the line, it is coming at
him so quickly.
Showtime, isn't it?
Absolute showtime. Federer giving no
time whatsoever, ala Agassi.
Probably the most improved shot in
tennis over the last five years, the
film crew backhand. -- the Federer
The ATP most improved player in
2015, Chung. He won four challenges
that year, rose up to a ranking
high. He has had a lot of injury
problems. I hope that settled down,
he's only 21.
That is just the Federer presents
that created that double fault.
has had left ankle and heel
problems, and abdominal problems,
has Chung. Maybe too many repetitive
practices between 13 and 15.
That is an amazing game of tennis.
Rod Laver, dad, everybody in awe of
Roger Federer, as we are.
A brilliant set of tennis from
Federer. The early exchanges of the
second set went with serve and we
pick up the action again at 2-1,
with the South Korean serving.
Another example where Chung is just
not doing enough on his ground
Still, that first serve percentage
is still low.
A Grand Slam final on his eighth
appearance at a major Championship,
only his eighth. Pete Sampras did
that in 1990. At the last time
somebody made a slam final that
quick, of course, he went on and won
But it is a long long way away now.
Very easy for him to be panicky,
which he is at the moment, in this
situation. Playing in his first
semifinals, against the greatest
player of all-time, things going
That is a correction, and that ball
is good, that should be Chung's
point. For sure, that should be?
This is what happened yesterday with
The call did not hinder
you, it was after you missed the
Players hate this, there needs
to be a definite rule. It is left in
the hands of the umpire, it is
pretty much a judgment call, whether
or not a corrected serve or wrong
call affected the return. In that
case, I think Ramos is absolutely
right, the umpire.
I don't know, what can you say?
That is ridiculous.
out of things to say. It is so good
all the time. The winners just keep
on piling up. One is as good as the
19 winners name. Precision.
14 in the first set. A first set he
won 6-1. Andy got less than a third
of his first serves. -- and he got
That's amazing. It can be a lonely
place, a tennis court, one-on-one.
Semifinal, in front of millions of
people. You have got to dig deep.
Chung has got to have faith in his
ability to turn this around. Easier
said than done.
said than done.
This is the guy that
has beaten Novak Djokovic during
And not only Novak Djokovic. He has
beaten Zverev. That was 6-0 in the
fifth set. He came from two sets to
one down. He beat Medvedev. And the
If you pull out before the event,
you can keep have your prize money.
-- half. A masterclass. One set and
4-1. Is this a level tank or a heel
injury? Row we have seen this
before. -- is this a left ankle. We
saw it at Wimbledon last year. We
were not really noticing Marin Cilic
in last year's Wimbledon final.
That is ingrained in the
skin. There will be an under
wrapping. They will spread.
After a long medical time-out, he
resumed, but still clearly in pain.
Certainly filling pressure in this
match, why wouldn't you, with Roger
Federer down the other end.
Federer down the other end. The real
pressure he felt in his career
before this was when he was
competing in the Asian games in the
doubles in 2014.
doubles in 2014. What was on the
line that was at -- was if they won
the gold medal, him and his partner,
they would be exempt from the
mandatory 21 month military service.
They won! So he only did for weeks
in the military.
in the military.
could have ended his career.
Absolutely. He said he would not
possibly have played this
tournament. He could have been in
the military, doing press ups. Well
Given the state of the Korean
Peninsula at the moment and of the
tensions, being in the South Korean
military is a testing position, I
would have thought. There we are. He
is here now.
These Swedes used to do military
service. And Israeli players would
spend a year in the defence forces.
He didn't move very well there, did
The older man, by 15 years,
schooling Hyeon Chung.
Hyeon Chung of South Korea, trying
to be the first player to reach a
Grand Slam final on seeded since
Tsonga here, ten years ago. -- not
seeded. He just
seeded. He just came up short
against Cilic in the other
semifinal. Oh no. That is too bad.
He has had the most, he has had the
most wonderful tournament. But about
to go down two sets to love macro.
Roger Federer emerges from the
semifinal and will have a repeat of
the Wimbledon final as he takes on
Marin Cilic on Sunday morning. We
look forward to that. What a shame,
the man who beat Alex macro --
Zverev, the fourth seed, the man who
beat Novak Djokovic and Medvedev,
next generation players, unable to
continue. Brilliant tournament. Take
a bow Hyeon Chung of South Korea. He
has put his country's tennis very
has put his country's tennis very
much on the map.
Roger, I think I can speak for all
of us when I say we are all stunned
at how this match concluded. I just
want to get your take on how the
match was going for you prior to
this abrupt ending?
Well, I thought
the first set was, let's say, kind
of normal. I couldn't tell what was
going on with my opponent. I guess I
was too focused on trying to protect
the lead, to be honest. In the
second set I started to freely was
getting slower, playing with the
blister. I know he has had a problem
with the for some time. You don't
know how bad it is, really. I have
played with blisters in the past a
lot, and it hurts a lot. Add a
certain point you can't take it any
more. There is no way you can come
back. It is better to stop. That is
why this feels bittersweet. I'm
incredibly happy to be in the
finals, but not like this. And he
has played such a wonderful
tournament. Credit to him for trying
so hard today again.
You had never
played against Hyeon Chung before.
He has had a remarkable start to his
2018. A revelation to so many. Now
that you have plagued him for a
little bit, I would like to get your
take on what the future holds for
him and what he may accomplish in
Just alone his attitude,
you couldn't tell he had a problem
until the end. I could tell
something was wrong before he took
the injury time-out. He has great
composure. I think he is going to
be... He is already a great player.
I think we are talking about next
level excellence. We will see much
more of him. Top ten for sure. The
rest we will see. I don't want to
put too much pressure on him. But he
has done very well. I can see why
you'd be the likes of Novak Djokovic
and Sasha and all the others this
week and in the past. -- why he
Year ago you came into this
tournament and you had 17 majors,
more than any man has. Now you are
one match away from getting to 20 if
you can beat Marin Cilic in the
final. What would you have said if I
had told you that is where you would
be one year from last year when you
start this tournament?
Jim! Good joke, sir. Seriously, no,
I wouldn't be thinking this way. I
know how hard it is to win on the
play, I know how hard it is to win
any Major. It doesn't come around so
easily. I was fighting so hard for
so many years, and ran into Novak
and Rafa and so many good players.
They blocked me for a while. I don't
want to say I gave up hope but I
would have been happy with one more
major. I would have taken that. Here
we are, two more, maybe a third. One
match away. Let's see what happens.
We will look ahead now to Sunday
night. A rematch of the Wimbledon
final against Marin Cilic. He has
also beaten you at the US Open. You
know the dangers that he possesses.
What do you need to do well in that
match to get by? What does he bring
to the table that can worry you?
saw it against Rafa and we saw it
again last night against Kyle
Edmund. He brings the power. He
brings basically everything. He is a
really nice guy. He had a similar
problem that Chung had, in the
Wimbledon final, playing with a
blister. Having two days off will
help them. We will see a fresh and
ready Marin Cilic this time. On this
kind of a court you have to play
aggressive. He can bring the power.
I'm sure he believes if he has come
this far, it it means he is feeling
good. He crushed me and that US Open
final. Thanks for the memories! He
beat me badly. I'm excited to play
against him. He is a great guy. We
won the labour couple together. We
had a blast. We played together on
vacation, believe it or not, in the
Maldives a couple of months ago.
didn't get my invitation, it's OK.
It was just the two of us. We were
both looking for a hitting partner.
We were both there. It was the
weirdest thing. I told him that
practising in the tropicals helped
us to get to the final this time
around. It was very cool. I can't
We can't wait either. Roger
Federer going for a number 20 on
There he is. What an entertaining
and to a disappointing semifinal.
Well done Jim Courier. Federer
through to another major final in a
match lasting just one hour and two
minutes. Such a shame that blisters
prevented Chung from being at his
best. Ironic that it was blisters
that prevented Marin Cilic from
being at his best in Wimbledon last
year. Hopefully that will not be the
case on Sunday and we will have a
final to savour. You can see it with
us on BBC Two. John Lloyd and Andrew
Castle have joined me. Andrew,
listening to Federer yesterday, he
said he has never played this guy,
he will watch where he serves, what
he does. He found the winning
He doesn't take many cues.
You can see coverage of people in
many ways now. He would have watched
the Djokovic match. Engaged the
mind, think about his opponent. And
then played a brilliant first 15
minutes of the match and absolutely
put him away. It is extraordinary.
Federer wants to play with youthful
exuberance. I once asked him what it
was like to have so much experience,
and he said, sometimes I don't want
all that experience. I know the
mistakes I can make. Sometimes I
want to go out there and feel the
ball. He is beginning to do that
again. In fact, he did do it again
in the one hour of that match. It
was quite fabulous to watch. Yes, he
is studious. What an execution of an
opponent and a game plan.
getting older but he is moving
better all the time, isn't he?
it is unbelievable. I would defy
anybody to look at the table of him
in his 20s and say he is not moving
as well. Now at 36 he is moving
better than then! He has added
things to his game. That is
remarkable. Today he was just
brilliant. His shotmaking ability.
They were a couple of points in this
group we have where Chung managed to
get him to feed behind the baseline.
Other than that he was hugging the
baseline. It was almost like Agassi.
He stood in there and moved his
opponent around side to side and
took his legs away, literally.
moment you serve to him, next you
play a half-volley and he's on the
offensive. We haven't seen too many
backends. Look at this. This is
heading into big open spaces. It is
too good. Look at this. I'm sorry,
but he will not see anything better
than that on a tennis court. He is
delighted, mum is proud, and if I
was Cilic I would be concerned. He
hasn't lost a set yet. He has done
He is doing it all the
time now. When he had six months off
with a back injury, he said he would
be more aggressive, keep the point
shorter. He sees the ball so well.
Exactly. When people say what is
your game plan against Federer?
There isn't one. What do you do with
his backhand down the line. If it
was a slight weakness in the old
days, it was a slight weakness, now
it is one of his main strengths.
about Hyeon Chung. A big future. He
has proved a lot?
with his ground strokes and how they
were making Federer do things that
he didn't want to do. I thought this
could get close, even though Federer
won the opening exchanges. He will
be around for a long time. Him and
Edmund, the big story.
although there were injuries, the
two youngsters in the semifinals
were given a bit of a tennis lesson,
Chung today and Kyle Edmund
yesterday. A hip injury hampered his
play. He has a race to get fit for
the Davis cup next week. It has been
an impressive run by the
23-year-old. He has been talking to
In the short term I'm disappointed.
I have to accept that. I didn't get
my best out on court, for sure. But
there are so many positives that I
think override the whole two weeks
that I have to focus on that and be
really pleased with what I have done
at the start of the year.
Was it a
Yes. It is a relevant
right now. When you get in this
environment in the latter stage of a
Grand Slam, you get the bug, you
want more, you get greedy. It gives
you more determination to get it
right next time. I can handle it
better and know what to expect.
Yeah, in the short term I have got a
problem with my hip. But it is what
it is. Next week I want to be in
The fortnight as a
whole, some up the experience to
suddenly find yourself in the public
eye, all sorts of articles and radio
programmes being devoted to you?
Yeah, it's been amazing, really.
It's been anything from me to try
and keep focused and keep playing
tennis. That is what got me there.
Yeah, it is a good problem to have
at the end of the day. I think it is
just good. If I continue to go up
the rankings, you will get more and
more. You have to learn to embrace
This opens a few doors for you.
Your ranking will be 25. You don't
have to worry about qualifying
again. You will be a seed of the
Grand Slams in the near future?
Yeah, that is true. It is good to
see your ranking go up. It shows you
are improving. Sony positives. The
ranking is good, but to reach this
stage of a Grand Slam, that is where
tennis is for me. It is where you
want to do well. It is a true test
to play these best of five set
matches and come Wright at the end a
winner. That is when you know you
have earned it. That is the
challenge from me, to do it for
several matches -- seven matches
now, not five.
The Davis cup captain
will be worried, Leon Smith. He
needs: next week, doesn't he?
does he ever! It will be a tough
match whatever happens. If Kyle
doesn't play, it will be mission
impossible. He should enjoy the
challenge, going up against two very
good players away on clay.
great experience. Absolutely.
Listening to him there. The ranking.
That is important, to get yourself
into the bigger tournaments, not
rushing around on the lesser
Yes, he has hobbled
around this before. When he was 40,
he was getting into Indian Wells and
Monte Carlo. But yes, certainly he
is up there now. Being seeded he has
a chance of going into the third
round of Grand Slam championships. I
personally agree with John. 16
should be seeded, not 32. It will
make a big difference. The attention
he gets, it will be difficult to see
how he handles it. He is very shy,
self-effacing. He doesn't embrace
the limelight. He just wants to play
tennis. His development is on a
different plane. I think you will
handle it OK. This apprenticeship as
last few years. He has been the
coming month few years.
He will have
to handle the limelight because it
is part of the job description now,
isn't it? You have to play the media
game as well.
You do. The good thing
for him is he has been around Andy
Murray quite a lot. He will have
seen the attention that Andy Murray
has got in Davis cups and other
things. He has seen how he has
handled it. Which has been superb.
He will not be on that level yet.
But in Britain now, they look at
Kyle Edmund and think he's the next
one. He will have to deal with it.
I think he will handle it fine.
have been talking about youngsters
making a name for themselves. Here's
another. 17-year-old Aidan McCue has
become the first British player to
reach the junior semifinal since a
certain Kyle Edmund in 2013. He has
been signed by Andy Murray's agency
and the former world number one is
acting as his mentor. He dropped the
first set against his opponent and
was leading in the second set when
the rain came down. He went on to
take the second set. Sadly, he lost
the final set 6-4.
Having Andy Murray in your corner at
the age of 17, that is not bad, is
Can you imagine?! Goodies that?
He has got Andy around, he is
playing Grand Slam events. He is
there for the second week, he sees
how the professionals are, see is
what it is all about. What a
It gets you
into a competitive mindset doesn't
it? It shows you what the future may
Absolutely. Success breeds
success. How to play matters, win
matches, how to eat, to train. The
example of success is something you
can't replicate in any the way.
Katie Swann, Emilia Appelqvist...
Willian of any time to play again?
Once we know more about the recovery
from his hip operation, we will know
more. From the juniors to the
seniors there is no guarantee. While
we congratulate Aidan, the
transition to the senior game is
notoriously difficult to bridge.
Whether it is a good idea to go out
and play professional event and get
hammered for a few years, or whether
it is best to even now pursue an
American college career, that is
still a debate that you have to have
with your family and your loved ones
and with people like Gandhi.
will probably make the decision.
Another result to bring you.
More disappointment for Britain.
Looking ahead to tomorrow, it is the
ladies final. While Federer is
chasing his 20th Grand Slam title,
Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki
are bidding for their first. The
winner will be world number one. Not
much at stake than! Andrew, you talk
about the changing face of the men's
game. What is happening in the women
plus -- women's? Three over the last
four finals been between women
bidding for their first title.
of the women's matches from the
quarterfinal, they have outshone the
men in this particular tournament.
The women's tour have got these two
fellow -- fabulous athlete into the
final. One and two in the world.
After all the talk and debate. All
the chat is over and it comes down
to this. They are superb athletes.
Old counterpunches. They could be
running a marathon. I know that
Caroline has done one before. Both
of these players, who can get on the
front foot? Both supremely fit. I
think it is a great advert for the
It really is. Testing rallies
we are going to see. Caroline
Wozniacki suffers from nerves.
are going to have lots of long
rallies but it is who is going to
control the nerves. I am going with
Halep. It is great one of them is
finally going to win a Grand Slam
title. It is going to be a nervous
Looking forward to it. You
can see it on BBC One at 1:15pm
tomorrow. Plenty of other sports to
look forward to here on the BBC.
That is it from us. We will be back
tomorrow. Thank you to Andrew and to
John. Well we have marvelled at the
youngsters making their mark in
Melbourne, one grandmaster stands
head and shoulders above the rest.
At the age of 36 Roger Federer gets
better and better.
# FLEETWOOD MAC: Albatross.
What a player!