Tennys Sandgren, who edged world number eight Matteo Berrettini in the second round of Australian Open, made a bold statement that should bring some worries even to players like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and, especially, to Roger Federer.
Why especially for Federer? Because Sandgren is on the Swiss legend’s part of the draw. “If I’m playing well, I can beat anybody. I feel that way. It seems that if I take a few weeks off then try the best I can — play a tournament or two then play a bigger event like this — then I seem to be able to play alright”, Sandgren said in the post-match conference.
The win against Berrettini was Sandgren’s 4th victory against the top 10 players. At the 2018 Australian Open, he upset Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem before bowing down in front of Hyeon Chung in the quarterfinals, and at the 2019 Wimbledon, he beat Fabio Fognini in the third round before falling short in a tight match against heavy-hitter Sam Querrey.
“It’s a top ten win in a Slam, so I’d say it’s up there for sure. I’m not sure where it lies in the win ranking list, but pretty high”. the American said about his AO second round triumph.
Besides this, Tennys Sandgren admitted he enjoys playing Grand Slams and maybe that is why he performs better during them. “I felt I played well in spurts last year. I had some good weeks at Slams. I like these tournaments a lot… Sometimes you can get lost a little bit when you’re playing 30 or 35 weeks a year.
I feel my game comes together in these weeks”. Sandgren pointed out. Even though Sandgren has important victories in his history on the ATP Tour, it is hard to think that he can put problems to players like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic.
After all, Sandgren has won only one ATP title in his entire career — the 2019 Auckland Open. Moreover, the 28 years old American has to get past two more opponents before meeting Roger Federer, given that the Swiss continues his outstanding form.
His very next opponent is Sam Querrey, the compatriot who gave him a hard time at the last Wimbledon. “That was tough so it’ll be fun to get back out there again with him. The match was difficult, but I enjoyed playing and I feel like our games kind of match up.
Interesting, he’s a big hitter, I defend pretty well and I’m going to need to hold on to my serve like I did sometimes today”. Sandgren said about his future opponent.