23rd seen Hyeon Chung looks to build on his shock Australian Open semi final run by making another big semi-final but Roger Federer remains the toughest test of them all. Now on a fifteen match winning streak, the World No.1 is still yet to lose this year.
The early rounds of draws still remain routine for Federer with Jeremy Chardy being his latest victim. He defeated the Frenchman 7-5 6-4 with another dominant performance on serve. He was a perfect 25/25 on first serve, ensuring that Chardy was never going to get anywhere in return games. Federer already feels confident in his game and it shows. “I felt like I found my range, my rhythm early in the year… So many years I felt good actually in Australia already. I don’t know if it’s Australia per se or taking the benefits from the hard work I put in into the new season.” he said.
Chung has now made the quarter finals at five straight tournaments this year after a straight sets win over Pablo Cuevas. The 6-1 6-3 win could have been even more crushing had he not failed to take multiple match points up 5-0 but the extra 10-15 minutes on court will have little impact.
With their Australian Open meeting coming to an end early due to Chung’s injury, the Korean will be eager to have another crack at Federer now he is back to full fitness. “I was honestly quite surprised how quickly he came back,” Federer said of his opponent, who retired down 1-6 2-5 in the match. “That thing (blisters) looked nasty, and it takes some time to heal. But he seems fine, and he played a great match today. So I’m excited to play against him.”
Prediction – Roger Federer in straight sets