"Obviously, I'm incredibly happy to be in the finals but not like this, and he has played a wonderful tournament, so credit for him for trying so hard today again". After that, Berdych deflated and could not produce the same intensity as in the first set while Federer produced a masterclass. If he can go out there, enjoy it and hit free, then he certainly could take a set off Federer, if not go the distance.
America's 26-year-old Sandgren fought valiantly, bouncing back from 5 match points to keep the game alive.More news: No exchange of candies between BSF, Pakistan over ceasefire violations
A near-perfect display finished with a wobble when serving out the match, as he squandered a 40-0 lead and saw a total of five match points evaporate into a cloudless sky.
He said of the first set: "I hung around, had to get a bit lucky, a bit angry, a bit frustrated maybe but I actually thought the call was good anyway. I feel like it should be very interesting". It could have gone either way. "Tomas played great in the first two sets and his level dropped a bit in the third".More news: Larry Nassar, Who Turn Olympic Gymnasts Into Sex Objects, Sentenced (Full Video!)
Sandgren drew fire on Tuesday after quickly deleting years of a Twitter feed allegedly featuring racist and homophobic tweets as well as exchanges with alt-right figures. "I've hardly spoken to him", Federer said after Czech-mating Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. "It's not easy to come off some big wins, biggest wins of my career, insane stages, like quarterfinals of a slam, that's insane to me, and to deal with the stuff off the court as well". "Over the last few days, it was blister under blister under blister", said Chung at his post-match press conference. After a tiresome 9 point game that had a 31 point rally and one of the most intense plays at the net, Chung finally came out on top. "I mean, it was on me that I couldn't give my best in Wimbledon and that happens", he added. "I have to be strong in my legs and be calm". But she was upset in the first round at Melbourne Park a year ago, and her ranking dropped into the 20s.
Kerber, who won the title in 2016, is in scintillating form after an unbeaten singles campaign in the Hopman Cup and her triumph in the Sydney International warm-up.
After the first set slow start, Federer never looked back and scored a victory in remaining two set by 6-3, 6-4.More news: Apple may discontinue the first-generation iPhone X
"For sure it wasn't my best start", Halep said after the match. "I couldn't tell what was going on with my opponent".