Can Tennys Sandgren stop Roger Federer's run? The American is playing a great tournament at the Australian Open 2020 and fate will cross him with the Swiss Maestro in the quarterfinals of Melbourne. There is no precedent for this challenge, which makes the match even more interesting.
Tennys (in nomen omen! ) proved to play well on the hard-courts of Melboune Park where, for the second time in his career, he has reached the quarterfinals. The American showed very aggressive tennis, where the physical part is fundamental.
Of all the opponents Federer met at the Australian Open 2020, Sandgren is certainly one of the most insidious. If the match is played physically, then Sandgren may have a chance to stop Federer's run. The Swiss showed a good level of tennis and good physical shape in the previous rounds, despite the fact that he lost the first set both in the match against John Millman and in the match against Marton Fucsovics.
In addition, Federer, 38 years-old, will have to dispose of the toxins of over six hours of play accumulated in the last two matches played. Sandgren seemed in excellent psycho-physical condition, with a constant level, suffering particularly in the match against Matteo Berrettini, in the second round, won in five sets.
On his way to the quarterfinals, in fact, the American defeated Trungelliti, Berrettini, his countryman Sam Querrey and Fabio Fognini. Federer overcame Steve Johnson, Filip Krajinovic, John Millman and Martin Fucsovics. The Swiss has all the skills necessary to beat Sandgren and reach the semifinal, where he could challenge Novak Djokovic, but his quarter-final will be an insidious match.
Federer will have to limit his opponent's physicality, varying his game and moving Sandgren as sideways as possible. In any case it will be a match to be followed carefully, where Federer will find a solid and unpredictable opponent.