Switzerland's Roger Federer serves to South Korea's Chung Hyeon during their men's singles semi-finals match on day 12 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 26, 2018.
MELBOURNE - Ruthless Roger Federer handed Chung Hyeon an old-fashioned schooling before the South Korean quit trailing 6-1 5-2 in a damp squib of an Australian Open semi-final on Friday.
The 36-year-old was all over the world number 58 throughout a one-sided contest under the Rod Laver Arena roof, breaking three times to win the opening set in 33 minutes.
Unfortunate scenes on @RodLaverArena with Hyeon Chung forced to retire early in his Men&39;s Singles SF against @RogerFederer --— AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2018
Federer is through to his 7th final here at Melbourne Park. AusOpen pic.twitter.com/bjsGymyXB6
When Chung held serve to make it 1-1 in the second set a huge cheer went up from the Australia Day crowd who had hoped to witness a classic battle of the generations.
But the bespectacled 21-year-old, nicknamed &39;the professor&39;, simply had no answer to Federer&39;s masterclass.
Federer broke for 3-1 with a dipping backhand pass and when Chung needed treatment on his foot blisters at 1-4 his hopes of becoming the first South Korean to reach a grand slam final looked completely hopeless.
Chung managed to win one more game but threw in the towel.