Federer into Australian Open quarter-final

Second seed Federer beat Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3, 6-4, in the duo's 10th meeting at a grand slam. He finished with 61 winners and 15 aces.

Like he has all tournament, the 21-year-old from Suwon found a way.

The world number 97 triumphed 6-2 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (7-9) 6-3, becoming the first player since Nicolas Escude in 1998 to make the last eight of the Australian Open on his main-draw debut.

Meanwhile, Chung's trailblazing run through the Australian Open continued on Wednesday as the South Korean tossed American Tennys Sandgren aside 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to become his nation's first Grand Slam semi-finalist.

"I've seen his matches", five-time Open champ Federer said.

"In last game, I think at 40-love. if I win one more point, I make history in Korea. It was fast conditions, you have to have quick ideas and execute well and I thought he did that very well", Federer said of his unheralded opponent. "It's your call", he appeared to be saying to the chair umpire repeatedly.

And alarm bells were soon ringing for Sandgren in the opening set, with the American dropping serve in the third game as Chung converted his second break-point opportunity.

The fifth seeded Indo-Hungarian pair got the better of Cabal-Spears duo 6-4, 7-6 (5).

Friday night's semi-final against South Korean prodigy Chung promises something different entirely.

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He said he was feeling much better after back issues flared late previous year. In the victory, Chung won 70 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. I was just trying to copy Novak because he's my idol.

I'm buying all of the Chung stock that I can right now, as the kid is the real deal and has shown he's good and disciplined enough to hang with anybody you put in front of him.

"I don't know", he said.

The Swiss master had two break points in the ninth game, but he was still visibly tense. "Of course, I feel little bit exhausted, but yeah good.

A bit angry. A bit frustrating maybe at the umpire", Federer said. But to bounce back from a Novak match and just somehow get it done today, this afternoon, that's tough.

Chung will face either defending champion Roger Federer or 19th seed Tomas Berdych in the semis but he is not bothered by who he plays.

It's a different challenge for the 19-time grand slam victor but one he believes is good for the game. I like it when we don't know the guys.

"I hardly know Chung".

But if it was playing on his mind, it didn't stop him running Berdych ragged with some of his best shot-making of the tournament.


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