Tennys Sandgren has described his heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer at the Australian Open, admitting it was an incredibly tough one to take.
Federer saved seven match points against the American, whilst carrying an injury, to claim a remarkable quarter-final win in what was dubbed ‘the miracle of Melbourne.’
Sandgren, though, has now described it from his point of view, and it’s a very different picture.
“I’m just holding on like on a raft in the middle of the ocean,” Sandgren told ATPTour.com, referring to how he felt in the locker room after the match.
“I don’t take losses particularly well in general, that one being extremely difficult.
“It’s still a loss and I’m still familiar with the downward emotional spike from a tough loss like that.”
Coming so close to such a major win and missing out was clearly tough to take, but has be been able to take the positives?
“It was just holding on to the important stuff and realising that it’s just one match,” Sandgren explained.
“Yeah, it would have been sweet to win and it would have been awesome to make my first semi and all those good things, but it’s still a great tournament.
“Hopefully I’ll have another look and if not, oh well, too bad.
“I tried my best. There’s not much else you could do other than that and hope it works out for you.”
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