Swiss maestro Roger Federer had set up a semifinal clash with giant-killing South Korean Hyeon Chung. Everyone had been anticipating an interesting clash between Federer and the man who felled Novak Djokovic. However, their hopes were cut short and the fairytale ended as Chung retired from the second set. He was already trailing by a set and by 5 games to 2. In the end, it transpired that he had blisters on his left foot and Federer was through to the 2018 Australian Open final. Obviously, the youngster felt that it would be a hindrance and prevent him from giving his 100%. However, the spectators and social media had mixed reactions.
Stage 1: Disbelief
HANG ON, WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!!? CHUNG JUST FORFEIT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN SEMI FINAL HALF WAY THROUGH THE MATCH!!!!!! WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!! #Chung #ChungFederer #FedererVsChung #AustralianOpen #AustralianOpen2018 #AusOpen #Federer #7Tennis
— AlfietheGreat? (@AlfieSpenceley) January 26, 2018
Stage 2: Anger
Stage 3: Justification
People complaining how Chung retired mid game because of a blister. You’ve all heard what Federer said, playing w/ blisters are actually painful & it does take a toll on you ? #FedererVSChung
— Danesse (@MsDanesse) January 26, 2018
Final Stage: Disappointment
— Tom B (@thombo91) January 26, 2018
Feel bad for Chung.
— Sport Minds (@sportNminds) January 26, 2018
Tennis is truly fortunate to have an ambassador like @rogerfederer. Humility and grace personified every time he speaks, with a generous sprinkling of humour. This on top of being an absolute legend on court. #AustralianOpen #FedererVsChung
— Sai Chakrapani (@SaiChakrapani) January 26, 2018