6-Time champion Roger Federer survived 7 match points at Australian Open as he defeated Tennys Sandgren 6-3,2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 to reach the semi-final on Tuesday.
Federer, who has won six Australian championships among his 20 major titles, took an off-court medical timeout in the third set and was on the verge of a shocking quarterfinal exit in the fourth before rallying to win 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (8) 6-3. Federer pulled himself up from difficult situations at various junctures in the match against a spirited Sandgren who refused to go away.
Federer will next play either seventh-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic or No. 32 Milos Raonic. Last year, Federer was knocked in the 4th round after losing to Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 under the lights of Rod Laver Arena.
Roger Federer holds a perfect (15-0) record in Australian Open quarter-finals after overcoming another scare. Federer has won the title at Melbourne Park a half-dozen times, part of his men’s record 20 major championships. The other quarterfinal on that side of the bracket is defending champion Novak Djokovic against No. 32 Milos Raonic of Canada.
“You have to get lucky sometimes, I tell you that! Those seven match points are not in my control. I was just hoping that maybe he was not going to smash the winner. If he misses one or two, who knows what he is thinking about. He played his match and I got lucky,” Federer said after the match.
Earlier after winning his 4th round clash, Federer said that the exhilarating victory reminded him of why he still competed in the sport year after year.