Injured, facing seven match points, but Roger Federer somehow survives to beat Tennys Sandgren
He faced seven match points and appeared to be on his way home, but Roger Federer pulled another rabbit out of the hat to beat Tennys Sandgren in the quarter-final of the Australian Open.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner won the first set against Sandgren, but then lost the second before going off for treatment in the third set.
He faced seven match points in the fourth set and struggled with injury, but somehow came away with a 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3 victory in three hours and 28 minutes, just a few days after also winning a five-setter against John Millman in the third round.
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2020
Sandgren, though, will no doubt look back at this as a wasted opportunity to reach his maiden Grand Slam semi-final.
After trading the first two sets, it all went pear shaped for Federer in the third set as he was broken in the second game and then failed to convert three break points in the third game as Sandgren came back from 0-40 down.
He was also given a verbal obscenity warning for something he said to a line judge and took a medical timeout. Sandgren rammed home the advantage as he took a two-set to one lead with a second break in game eight.
Federer was all over the show in the fourth set as he was clearly struggling with injury, but he hung in there.
Sandgren came within touching distance of the win in game 10 as he had three match points, but the veteran saved them all and so it went to the tie-breaker.
After an early mini-break, the American had four more match points, but the Swiss again held firm and ended up winning the tie-breaker to take it to a decider.
Federer’s movement started to improve and before Sandgren knew what was happening, he found himself 5-2 down after the 38-year-old broke in game six.
The first match point of the game for Federer came in game nine and he made no mistake as he secured his place in the semi-finals, where he will face either defending champion Novak Djokovic or Milos Raonic.
Andy Murray’s former coaches hit back at Mats Wilander after he urges the Scot to consider his future
One of Andy Murray’s former coaches has leapt to his defence after Mats Wilander suggested the Scot should consider retiring
Liam Broady and Cameron Norrie crash out of French Open
Heather Watson is left to fly the British flag when she takes on Fiona Ferro of France on Tuesday.
Rafael Nadal starts ‘different Roland Garros’ with solid win to extend French Open record to 94-2
Nadal starts quest for Grand Slam No 20 with solid win.
Serena Williams after first-round win: ‘I just need to play with more confidence, like I’m Serena’
Williams pushed to a tie-break in the first set.
Liam Broady’s French Open main draw debut ends in opening-round defeat
Broady came through qualifying for first time at a major.
No US Open hangover for Dominic Thiem as he makes impressive French Open start
US Open champ Dominic Thiem continues winning run.
‘I will do everything I can to keep Roger Federer No 1,’ jokes Dominic Thiem
Thiem eyeing a few more Grand Slam titles.
Dan Evans on the balls being used at the 2020 French Open: ‘You wouldn’t give to a dog to chew’
Dan Evans clearly not a fan of the French Open balls.
Miserable day for British hopes at gloomy French Open as Dan Evans, Andy Murray, Johanna Konta exit
Three British players lost on day one at Roland Garros.
Alexander Zverev puts US Open agony behind him as he makes strong French Open start
Zverev was playing his first match since losing to Thiem.