‘I wonder why he’s not ranked higher’ – Roger Federer impressed by Australian Open surprise package

Roger Federer at Australian Open

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.”

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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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