HYEON CHUNG has shared an image of the blister which pressured him to retire from his Australian Open semi-final towards Roger Federer.
Chung’s dream of reaching his first ever Grand Slam remaining was ended within the second set by an enormous blister on his left foot.
The South Korean obtained intensive therapy from the medical workers and even managed to carry serve with a heavy strapping.
Nonetheless, the world quantity 58 was pressured to retire at 6-1, 5-2 down to permit Federer by to his seventh Australian Open Last.
Chung posted an image on social media exhibiting the burst blister that was inflicting him a lot ache at Melbourne Park.
He mentioned on Instagram: “Tonight, I attempted very onerous to deliver my utmost power to the tennis court docket as traditional.
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“However, I had to make a tough decision given that I cannot compete 100% against Roger, in front of many tennis fans. Please understand.
“I wish all the best luck for @rogerfederer in the finals.”
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Speaking on court after the match, Federer knew Chung was struggling with his movement.
He said: “I thought the first set was kind of normal, in the second set I felt he was getting a bit slower.
“I know he has had problems with blisters for a while. I’ve played with them and they hurt a lot. It’s better to stop.
“It’s bittersweet. I’m happy to be in the final, but not like this. He’s had a remarkable tournament.
“I don’t want to put too much pressure on him but I think he’s going to be a great, great player.”
Federer extends his Open-era record to 30 Grand Slam final appearances and is one win from joining Djokovic and Roy Emerson on a record six Australian Open titles.
The Swiss star will be looking for his 20th Grand Slam title when he faces Marin Cilic who beat Brit Kyle Edmund in the semi-final.