Just like in 2018, Tennys Sandgren saved his best tennis for Melbourne Park, reaching his second Australian Open quarter-final after beating Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini. In the battle for the first Major semi-final, Tennys faced the 20-time Major champion Roger Federer and produced one of his best performances in a career, standing on the verge of victory against world no.
3. The Swiss prevailed 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 after three hours and 31 minutes, fending off seven match points in the fourth set and performing one of his most dramatic escapes in more than two decades on the Tour. Struggling with a groin injury, Federer stood far behind in sets two and three, overpowered by a brave American before finding his strokes again in set number four to stay in touch.
Facing elimination, Roger erased those match points at 4-5 and the tie break, staying alive and gathering massive boost ahead of the decider where he had the upper hand to seal the deal and leave Tennys empty-handed. Squandering a vast opportunity to beat one of the greatest players of all time, Sandgren needed some time to accept the defeat and the encounter in general, feeling disappointment in the first couple of hours after the clash trying to take all the positive things together with his family, coaches and friends.
"Tennis is a tough sport; you try to peak at the right times, try to do your best in these weeks and grind, put your best foot forward. I feel like I'm playing well, doing some good things on the court and getting better as a player.
When I'm playing my best tennis, I feel like I'm competing with the best players. However, there are some things I still need to work on. Probably to improve the mental aspect and not get so frustrated; I have to play focused and be positive, things like that.
I've got a big enough game and I can do some things that can frustrate guys that are at that top level. If I won against Roger, I would probably be at the Olympics right now. Now, I have to win some more matches and we'll see where the chips fall.
I would love to try to end the year in the top-20 or even top-10. I feel like that's within reach if I keep getting better, keep striving in the right direction."