Roger Federer managed to secure his progression into the 2018 Australian Open final with considerable ease, albeit not in the fashion he would have hoped.
Federer went into his semi-final clash with Hyeon Chung the heavy favourite, and early proceedings indicated that he would cruise to a swift victory.
The Swiss legend raced into an early lead as he took the first set 6-1, and he was 4-1 up in the second before Chung called the trainer after suffering from blisters.
With the South Korean's movement evidently compromised, he struggled through just two more games before deciding to retire.
It was a disappointing way for Chung's first major semi-final to end, but he can still be proud of his achievements after dispatching both Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic on route to the last four.
FEDERER'S TRIBUTE WAS JUST SO CLASSY
Although everyone inside the Rod Laver arena was both stunned and disappointed by the abrupt finish to the match, Federer proved why he is one the biggest role models in world sport with his comments about Chung after the match.
Speaking to Jim Courier in his post-match interview, the 19-time major champion said: "I thought the first set was kind of normal. I couldn't tell what was going on with my opponent but I guess I was just focused on my own game and trying to protect the lead.
"Second set I started to feel he was getting a bit slower. I've played with blisters in the past and it hurts a lot. Sometimes it's too much...I could tell something was wrong before he took the injury time out.
"It’s bittersweet. I’m incredibly happy to be in the final, but not like this. He's had such a wonderful tournament"
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And Federer also expects to see Chung emerge into one of the best tennis players in the world in the future.
"Fighting was a problem today. I could tell something was wrong, but he has a great composure," he continued.
"I think he's going to achieve next level excellence - top 10 for sure. I can see why he beat Novak (Djokovic) and Sasha (Zverev). He's going to be a great, great player."
What a man. Tennis fans were also quick to express their admiration for Federer, who proved once again why he is one of the classiest men in world sport.
FEDERER LOOKING TO WIN 20TH GRAND SLAM
With that victory, at 36-years-old, Federer has become the oldest man to reach an Australian Open final since 1972, and he is only the second man in the Open Era to reach multiple finals in Melbourne past the age of 35.
The only man now standing in Federer's way of winning his 20th Grand Slam title is Marin Cilic, who dispatched Britain's Kyle Edmund on Thursday.News Now - Sport News