Roger Federer says he is baffled at how Australian Open fourth round opponent Tennys Sandgren isn’t ranked higher than he is.
Federer will face off against Sandgren for a spot in the semi-finals on Tuesday, and he remembers him from his last fine run in Melbourne.
“I wonder why he’s not ranked higher, to be honest,” Federer told reporters.
“Every time I see him play, I feel like he plays very well.
“He’s got a lot of stuff in his game that he’s deserving of being higher.
“I didn’t follow him that closely. I mean, I remember he played Chung in the quarters the last time I played the semis, to play Chung with his blisters and all that.
“I remember watching that closely because I was going to maybe play the winner.”
Federer said he also watched the American down Fabio Fognini on Sunday, so knows he’s in for a difficult match.
“It was impressive how he was competing. I’m looking forward to a tough one.”
Sandgren himself has certainly backed himself to pull off a shock on Tuesday, saying: “It seems if I play pretty well, I have a shot.
“Getting to play in a big stadium, getting to play in front of a lot of people, because I’ve played a lot of tennis in front of the very few people, the fact I get to do that seems to bring out the best tennis in me.”
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