Federer Beats Berdych Again At Australian Open, Chung Stops Sandgren
by Staff | January 24th, 2018, 7:56 am
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Roger Federer earned his 20th win over Tomas Berdych Wednesday night in the Australian Open quarterfinals with a 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-4 victory.

It wasn’t easy early as Berdych grabbed an early break for 3-0 but he couldn’t serve it out. Federer saved two set points and confidently took the breaker and effectively the match.

A dismayed Berdych didn’t mount much of a test after that. The pair exchanged three straight breaks early in the third, but Federer got the better of it.

“I just tried to hang around, tried to play a bit more aggressive, get some rhythm going, because Tomas found that early,” Federer said. “That’s why I was under pressure. It was definitely very close, the turning point, and it ended up being for the entire match.

“I played a great breaker. Got off to a good start there. But coming back from 5-2 in the first set, it was clearly big tonight.”

Federer improved to 20-6 against the Czech winning nine straight including three straight years in Australia. He finished with 61 winners and 15 aces.

“It was a good start,” said Berdych. “I had a good chances, a couple set points. Then, you know, I think he just get more confident after he saved the first set. Then it was very difficult with him again. After having been basically a whole set down, it gives you a lot of boost. Especially with him, I think it was just the deciding thing.”

Federer advanced to his 14th Australian Open semifinals and 43rd overall Slam, and on Friday he’ll face first-time Slam semifinal Hyeon Chung.

The 21-year-old Chung won the battle of improbable quarterfinals Wednesday at the Australian Open ending the run of Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-3. Chung moves on to his first career Grand Slam final, and he’s the first Korean man or woman to make it this far at a Slam.

“I’m really surprised because I really don’t know,” Chung said. “I make semis, I beat like Sascha, Novak, the other good players. I never playing in second week in Grand Slam, so I’m really surprised.”

The 58th-ranked Chung will rise into the Top 30 already. And he becomes the first of this younger generation to make a Slam semifinal.

Sandgren, who’s been a lightning rod of controversy off court for social media posts, held a break lead in the second then forced Chung in the third to win it on his sixth match point.

“He’s a fantastic player,” the 26-year-old Sandgren said. “This is the second time I played him now in two weeks. It’s fun. It’s such a fun challenge because he does so many cool things with how he moves and how he returns and how he plays with his forehand.

“So it was kind of like an extremely difficult puzzle to try to figure out. I wasn’t able to figure it out, but I enjoyed trying.”

Federer said he was looking forward to facing Chung.

“I’m very excited to play Chung,” Federer said. “I thought he played an incredible match against Novak. I mean, to beat him here is one of the tough things to do in our sport, I believe. I know that Novak maybe wasn’t at 110%, but he was all right. He was giving it a fight till the very end. To close it out, that was mighty impressive.”


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81 Comments for Federer Beats Berdych Again At Australian Open, Chung Stops Sandgren

Truthsquad Says:

Let that stat sink in for a moment – In his career, Federer has been to the semis or better 43 times in Majors. That is an astonishing record.


skeezer Says:

Unmatchable!


Humble Rafa Says:

Unmatchable!

So are other things such as winning 10 French Opens.


skeezer Says:

“So are other things such as winning 10 French Opens.”
__
Yes, true, if you you want to go there and make this about you(what else is new), But the article is about Fed. Aren’t you back by now fishing on a boat in Mallorca?
#19&43


Giles Says:

“ Federer has been to the semis or better 43 times in Majors”…… Well of course he has, he’s the oldest in the pack, has played more than anyone else on the tour!! Unlike Nadal, who is 5 years younger and has missed participating in goodness knows how many majors due to injury.


Giles Says:

Hand fed the trophy now since there is no one to challenge him.
He has the luck of the devil, as they say.


skeezer Says:

Fed creates his own “luck”. He wins.

One match at a time. He has a tough match coming up, and by chance he gets by that he will have to win the final. Then we can talk “trophy”.


Giles Says:

Nah. trophy in the bag already.No need to play, just hand it over.


BBB Says:

I love this. The guy who believed Pizzagate propaganda blasts the press as a bunch of propaganda pushers: “You would rather perpetuate propaganda machines instead of researching information from a host of angles and perspectives while being willing to learn, change, and grow.”

Sandgren is the gift that keeps on giving.


skeezer Says:

Do you have it to “hand over”? Naw,,,,didn’t think so. I don’t think he’d want it that way anyway, he wants to earn it like everyone else. And you are discrediting the existing players left in the tournament who “earned” there way through big wins over Rafa and the rest of the field.


BBB Says:

I think some players are back to being intimidated by Federer and walk onto the court having half lost the match before the first ball toss. There was a period of about 4 years where that wasn’t the case.

But, I don’t think Chung will be one of those players. If Djoker was his idol, then that would have been the match to intimidate him, and it didn’t.


Giles Says:

Hahaha. Even if I had it to hand over, I wouldn’t hand it over. What was all that bs during Berdych match? Arguing with umpire for no reason and telling the cameraman to back off? Playing mental games with Berdy, that’s what.


skeezer Says:

Giles you know every time you post nowadays you sound just flat out jealous and hateful towards the man, the legend, the MAESTRO. No prob by me just calling it for what it is.


Giles Says:

Skeezer. I see that you are finally looking in the mirror


skeezer Says:

RE: mirror. Just did that, thanks. What a handsome dude in that mirror! Such Charisma! ;)


Giles Says:

Hey skeezer, tell your idol to try and resist all that free Barilla pasta he’s going to be stuffed with. #Potbelly


Daniel Says:

^^He will eat 20 dishes;-0


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Fed has had a lucky draw for sure. He may win a Grand Slam without having to face Kevin Anderson.


RZ Says:

Margot is smoking the competition in the bracket. The projected standings depending on the remaining potential results aren’t ready yet but I can’t imagine that she won’t be getting her 3rd win in a row.


skeezer Says:

^LMAO!


skeezer Says:

“^LMAO” was for TV.
====
@ RZ I bowed out of that Bracket stuff cause of that reason, Margot got too good at it ;)
Congrats Margot!


Margot Says:

RZ: my two closest rivals have gone for the same finalists as me and the same winner, so I don’t think I can be caught. With Andy out, it’s so much easier to look at the draw dispassionately.
Skeeze: why thank you kindly sir :) I am seriously thinking of taking up gambling as my latest career. So kicking myself I didn’t have a bet at the start on Chung, and one tournament I had Schwartzman and PCB playing each other in the quarters or semis. I was tickled pink by Sean’s comment, something like, “Whoever thought that PCB and Schwartzman would get there” and RZ popped up and said, “Margot did!”


j-kath Says:

So Margot is Smoking again…..I thought she’s given up.


Daniel Says:

That’s what I thought Margot, I think all remaining contenders picked Federer, as you did it also, nobody can replace you.

So, you will be the earliest Tennis-x bracket challenge winner ever!!


RZ Says:

@Margot – I think that PCB and Schwartzman quarterfinal pick will last a long time as the most impressive (and correct) bracket prediction! We bow down to your bracket GOATship.


Daniel Says:

RZ,

To me the Chung semis prediction. It took some (pardon me) balls for that;-)


RZ Says:

And Margot, you are correct – there’s no scenario in which you won’t win this bracket. So the next question is, will there be a “Margot Slam” at the French? I will need to channel Rafa to defend my FO title. :-)


RZ Says:

@Daniel – what makes it so tricky in the Big 4 era (even when not all members are playing) is that a lot of us end up with similar picks. So to win you have to take some risks. Margot got it right with her Chung pick. I got it wrong with my risky semi picks. Apparently I keep taking risks on the wrong people. I don’t feel so bad picking Pouille for a semifinal run even if he does have a bad AO record and continued that with a first round loss, but I’ll have to remember to never ever again to pick Monfils for a deep run. Too unreliable.


Margot Says:

LOl Daniel, what’s that quote, “if your aunt had balls she’d be your uncle.” ;)
Yep RZ I shall definitely be going for the “Golden Slam” as I aim for RG my missing slam…..;) However, I’m liking Thiem too much to do well, I fear.


Daniel Says:

Thiem has 2 semis in RG. If he is healthy, he sure will be a threat there.

RZ,

Indeed, we are “safe” when picking top players. I gave up Monfils long ago, used to pick him a lot to go deep.

This year I will use the law of averages with Zverev jr, will keep picking him based on bis ranking. Eventually he has to reach a Slam QF or semis right?!


Margot Says:

No Daniel…I am liking Thiem even more than that.


Madmax Says:

Giles Says:
Hand fed the trophy now since there is no one to challenge him.
He has the luck of the devil, as they say.

Oh Be quiet Giles and stop being so bitter. Let’s be absolutely crystal. This Cheng Guy is unbelievable. And should not be underestimated.

As for you wrecking every post with your bitterness and hatred for Federer. We get it Giles. We get it. And let’s face it, yes, they are amazing statistics for Federer, but equally amazing for Rafa, problem is, you cannot blame Federer if Rafa hasn’t made the finals through injury. Be reasonable and coherent for once in your life.


Madmax Says:

Giles Says:
Hey skeezer, tell your idol to try and resist all that free Barilla pasta he’s going to be stuffed with. #Potbelly

January 24th, 2018 at 11:22 am

Giles is showing his ugly side again. He already has the sweater. Buy a new one Giles, a larger one, to cover your mouth.


Van Persie Says:

Do not expect Chung to win against Federer but Roger will run a bit more during semifinals.

Just thought now about this irony. It was always Djokovic, who impersonated the other players on tour, now he got a clone This guy imitates him really, realy good :)

Goo Chung, take one set at least….or perhaps you might do even better ;)


the_mind_reels Says:

@VP: I hadn’t considered that Chung is the ultimate impersonator of the Great Impersonator. That’s rich ;)

And agreed that Federer is going to be in the mood for some running! As others have noted, he should look to be as aggressive as possible on Chung’s serve, which isn’t the strongest to begin with and which may be at its weakest all tournament long given how much match time he’s put in on his legs already.

As for Federer, he’ll have to be sharp, take his opportunities when they come, and not give up too many free points on serve.

@skeez: not sure why you get into it with Giles! You know it always ends the same way…


j-kath Says:

Federer is going to have to be sharp and take the first set. Chung has acquired a tennis brain.
This could be a very interesting match.


RZ Says:

Hahaha Margot. I’ll try to get some good picks of our boy for you when I go to IW in a couple of months.


Humble Rafa Says:

Chung has acquired a tennis brain.
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On ebay?


j-kath Says:

Humble Rafa: Yes, Nole is injured so he loaned his to Chung to help him to beat Roger – should he need it.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

#Giles how tough was Nadal’s draw at the US open. A parade of mediocrity. Maybe I missed the post where you complained bitterly that Nadal didn’t have to play anyone of consequence at the US open. I guess that makes him a weak era US open champion!


skeezer Says:

Picking Cilic to win it all. Anyone with me?


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

I am going with Kyle!


Michael Says:

Well it is incredible or even ridiculous that Roger is still dominating the tour well past 36. The maestro has shown his sheer class that he is peerless and an ageless wonder. Making his 14th semi final at the Australian open and 43rd overall is a record here to stay for some generations atleast. Other than Roger, it is Jimmy who has made 14 US Open semi finals.

All these in the so called age of power Tennis and newer generation players tells a lot about the Roger magic in display. I am not still sure if he would defend his Australian crown successfully, but coming to Semis at this age itself is a remarkable feat by itself which has few parallels.


Giles Says:

Lol skeezer trying very very hard not to jinx fed.
Fed all the way with his cake walk draw.


Tony N Says:

Giles Says: ‘ “ Federer has been to the semis or better 43 times in Majors”…… Well of course he has, he’s the oldest in the pack, has played more than anyone else on the tour!!’
Nadal has been to 26 grand slam semifinals (see link), less than younger Djokovic’s 31 semifinals — even though both have a similar number of match wins in the majors. Even Murray has 21 semifinals.
Thus, Federer’s 43 semifinals is an astonishing record.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Era_tennis_records_%E2%80%93_men%27s_singles#Career_totals

Giles Says: “Unlike Nadal, who is 5 years younger and has missed participating in goodness knows how many majors due to injury.”
Federer reached 43 semifinals in 330 grand slam match wins (avg 7.7 grand slam match wins per semifinal) and 1387 career singles matches (avg 32.3 matches played per semifinal)
Nadal reached 26 semifinals in 230 grand slam match wins (avg 8.9 grand slam match wins per semifinal) and 1063 career singles matches (avg 40.9 matches played per semifinal)

Nadal skipped 6 grand slams since 2005, claiming to be injured. All 6 were either hard court or grass court slams (Nadal is never so injured that he needed to skip the clay slam). During 2012 US Open and 2013 Australian Open that Nadal skipped, Spanish media reported Nadal played a golf tournament, See link for “Nadal wins the first tournament of the year… in golf”. Since Nadal plays golf right-handed, his golf swings put stress on his supposedly injured left knee!
http://www.marca.com/2013/01/29/tenis/1359457281.html

Giles Says: “Hand fed the trophy now since there is no one to challenge him. He has the luck of the devil, as they say.”
It’s not luck when both Nadal and Djokovic choose to lose early to avoid losing to Federer.
Regardless, Federer’s opponents are collectively higher ranked than Nadal’s 2017 US Open opponents.
- 2017 US Open: Nadal played No. 85 Lajovic, No. 121 Taro Daniel, No. 59 Mayer, No. 64 Dolgopolov, No. 28 Potro, No. 32 Kevin Anderson.
- 2018 Australian Open: Federer played No. 51 Bedene, No. 55 Struff, No. 31 Gasquet, No. 80 Fucsovics, No. 20 Berdych, No. 58 Chung, No. 6 Cilic (No. 49 Edmund)

BBB Says: “I think some players are back to being intimidated by Federer and walk onto the court having half lost the match before the first ball toss. There was a period of about 4 years where that wasn’t the case. But, I don’t think Chung will be one of those players. If Djoker was his idol, then that would have been the match to intimidate him, and it didn’t.”
The Berdych match disproved this silly intimidation theory (which also applies to Djokovic and Nadal while they were dominating). Berdych walked onto court ready to beat Federer: Tomas played at a high level from the first game of the first two sets, while it was Federer who was flat in most of the first set until Berdych had setpoint. Then the Real Federer Effect happened: Roger raised his game, increased the pace of his game and put pressure on Berdych, discombobulated Berdych and took over the match.
Federer is not Djokovic.


Giles Says:

^^^ Still living in cuckoo land? Where do you get all this stuff from? Pfffft


Tony N Says:

Poor Giles. We know you fantasies are not based on facts. Now you’re admitting that you cannot count or read Spanish.
I got this stuff from Spain’s media, which reported that Nadal played golf tournaments during the 2012 US Open and 2013 Australian Open which Nadal skipped! Nadal even won the golf tournament during the 2013 A0 — this was his first title of 2013, lol. Since Nadal plays golf right-handed, his golf swings put stress on his supposedly injured left knee!
http://www.marca.com/2013/01/29/tenis/1359457281.html
http://actu-tennis.over-blog.fr/article-photos-rafael-nadal-au-tournoi-baleares-golf-109722473.html


J.S. Says:

Kyle/Chung Final – Kyle is coming alive in 2nd set!


Willow Says:

J.S i love your enthusiasm ….


J.S. Says:

haha Willow – is that what you call it??

Tony has enthusiasm – LOL


Willow Says:

J.S way too much lol ….


J.S. Says:

Willow – I think we will have a tie breaker, so fun! Come on Kyle!


Giles Says:

“ Tony has enthusiasm”.ROFL
The man has nothing better to do than write cr@p. He is obsessed with Rafa winning a golf tournament. ROFL


J.S. Says:

Giles…
I didn’t even read it, same as 3 days ago….assuming? NONSENSE!

Anyway…nice tie breaker!


Tony N Says:

Giles Says: “The man has nothing better to do than write cr@p. He is obsessed with Rafa winning a golf tournament.”
Of course you are not concerned about Spanish media reporting that Nadal was fit enough to play golf tournaments… while he claimed to be injured and skipped two consecutive hard court grand slams. You are obsessed only with earning your stipend as Rafa’s publicist.

Willow Says:”J.S way too much lol”
Says the big mouth who thinks she’s entitled to her dubious opinions and who likes licking the paws of gullible rodents.


J.S. Says:

YIKES!!! LOL


j-kath Says:

Perhaps the gullible rodent should stick out his paws and see what happens….


Willow Says:

Nothing but a bully, thats obsessed with Federer, and obsessed with been right, attacking anybody that dares to disagree with him, calling posters names, licking the paws of gullible rodents way bellow the belt, what sort of comment is that, hello moderation ?


J.S. Says:

I agree….ENOUGH! Geez get a life, Don’t bash my friends!
Onward to ignoring!


Willow Says:

Yes back to tennis J.S best ignored, credit to Kyle, but Cilic is just that much better, hope he plays Chung in the final and Chung wins ….


J.S. Says:

Willow,
Cilic starts slow but is on fire! Yep, only hope is for Chung….Fingerscrossed for him tomorrow!

Peace Sweetie!


Willow Says:

J.S thanks you too hun ;-)


Tony N Says:

Willow, when you look in your mirror, do you see a bully obsessed with entitlement to her opinion? Or do you see a bully who feels attacked whenever her dubious opinions are challenged? Grow up — stop whining.
https://qz.com/852709/a-philosophy-professor-explains-why-youre-not-entitled-to-your-opinion/
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/naked-truth/201706/your-right-opinion-does-not-make-your-opinion-valid


Giles Says:

Dave. What do you do for a living? Just curious.


Willow Says:

No i see a very happy person that loves tennis, but she isnt obsessed with it, and shes not obsessed with been right all the time either, and also she leads a great life, with a great group of friends, granted shes not the most clever or knowledgeable poster here, but she just loves to chat and interact with her fellow poster, shes not perfect but shes OKay, some people like her some dont, but thats fine its an open forum people agree people disagree, we are all on an equal footing here, as for the links thankyou but i think ill pass, have a good day i know i will ;-)


Margot Says:

Kyle was outplayed by Cilic who was playing better than I’ve seen for ages. Kyle looked undercooked to me, perhaps the big one was beating Dimi and not much left.
Tedious old match tho., after the women’s.
Willow: just ignore him or give a yawn :0


t4t Says:

I think Willow’s problem is that she wants to be liked by fans of rival stars and frequently throws Nadal under the bus just to show that she is a fair poster. Fortunately she has stopped endlessly apologizing.


t4t Says:

Armed with blessings of u of b and rigged draws and schedules, the fake goat is readying to lift his 20th slam. Hope Chung or Cilic stray from the script and deny him. I remember 9 years ago the organizers had kept everything ready for Fed to make history but a young player played spoil sport. Hope history repeats itself.


skeezer Says:

“I remember 9 years ago the organizers had kept everything ready for Fed to make history but a young player played spoil sport”
That draw was rigged for the Rafa.
#obvious


Madmax Says:

t4t, you are just a spoilsport and someone who wants to jinx things, go right ahead. Immature mindset to match the whole package. You are certainly jumping the gun to the final.

Obviously you aren’t aware, he doesn’t play his SF until tomorrow.

We are rootin’ for you Roge! Go baby go!


Madmax Says:

Sure thing Giles. That’s right:
Giles Says:
Lol skeezer trying very very hard not to jinx fed.
Fed all the way with his cake walk draw.

January 25th, 2018 at 3:42 am

Of course. Of course it was.

Did AO organizers “fix” Nadal’s questionable cakewalk draw?


Madmax Says:

If you have any credibility Giles, then will read this and rethink your misguided vitriol. Even Sean, who knows more about tennis than Wogboy knows about brandy, confirmed Rafa’s draw was a cakewalk draw.

Analysis of Nadal’s questionable draw. Hypothesis is that the draw was rigged by the organizers of the Australian Open to increase the chance of Nadal facing #17 Kyrgios (an Australian) in the semifinals, then Federer in the final. We are not just talking about this year either. Seems to follow a pattern Giles.

Here is some serious analysis, but Giles. Not for the weak hearted. :-(

https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/did-ao-organizers-fix-nadals-questionable-cakewalk-draw.608026/


Giles Says:

Fed has been enjoying night time matches when temperatures drop dramatically. He played one day match when it was quite cool compared to what the rest of the players were having to endure in their daytime matches. Ask Rafa, the humidity was unbearable. All this has to account for his smooth progress from the onset of the AO. The man is a wuss. Can’t take heat and humidity but it’s ok for the others to suffer. He was probably scared to get sun burnt. 😱


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/puepppy/status/956274590082371584
Absolutely shameful from Eurosport. But then what else would you expect from sick fedfans.


Giles Says:

Federererer fresh as a daisy while those left are wilting rapidly. His fans think he well deserves this special treatment and more!


skeezer Says:

Giles,
Do you post on TMZ?


Willow Says:

t4t i was defending Squirrel, who is a very fair and objective poster that hasnt a nasty bone in his body, and has never said a bad word to anyone on this forum, i wasnt apologizing quite the opposite ….


BBB Says:

So you’ve decided Berdych wasn’t intimidated, therefore the entire theory is silly.

Please tell me your paycheck doesn’t depend on well-reasoned arguments.


Madmax Says:

Poor Giles.

Feel sorry for you, coming out as a federer fan, must have been hard for you.


Giles Says:

Hope I’ll be saying “ poor madmax sorry for your loss” .

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