ROGER FEDERER NEWS
Roger had to fight off 7 match points and push his opponent to 5 sets to earn his spot in the 2020 Australian Open Semifinals.
In a match filled with drama, tennis, injuries and more, the 20-time Grand Slam winner leaned on experience to get through his match against American, Tennys Sandgren. Unbeaten in Australian Open Quarterfinals, he won the match 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-3.
”You’ve got to get lucky sometimes,” Roger said after his win. “I was just hoping that maybe he wasn’t going to smash a winner, if he misses one or two [match points], who knows what’s going to happen? I think I got incredibly lucky today. As the match went on, I started to feel better and just tried to play. I believe in miracles. There could be rain… Just let him finish me off in style, and he didn’t do that. I’m still standing here and obviously just very happy.”
He will face Novak Djokovic next.
The third round match up between 20-time Grand Slam winner and Aussie, John Millman, proved to be as good as anyone could expect! Having lost to Millman in a Grand Slam previously, Roger took the court knowing he was facing a dangerous opponent.
While his first two matches were near-flawless, Millman pushed the Swiss Star and errors were coming a bit more frequently. Roger was able to weather the storm and capture the win once the match was pushed to a deciding 10-point tiebreaker in the final 5th set. Roger found himself down 4-8 in the breaker but played smart tennis and dug in avoiding any mistakes. He won six points in a row to take the win 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (8) after four hours of play.
Roger had 62 winners, 16 aces but also 82 unforced errors.
“Oh God, it was tough," he said during his post-match interview. "Thank God it was a Match Tie-break, otherwise I would have lost this one. Where to start? I think John played a great match… He is a great fighter, a good guy and it came down to the wire at the end. A bit of luck maybe goes one way. I had to stay so focused, take the right decision. He was doing all that stuff at the beginning of the Match Tie-break, coming up with the goods and I thought, ‘Okay, I guess I tried.’ I didn’t play too bad after all and I was getting ready to explain myself in the press conference… What a match and John deserves over half of this one.”
Roger's near-flawless play continued into his second round match against Filip Krajinovic.
The 20-time Grand Slam Champion commanded the court in front of the Melbourne crowd as he dropped just 6 games with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 victory.
“For me, really the first three rounds are key to get going, to get used to the pressure, stay calm, when to save break point or 30-all points or whatever it may be. Just to stay calm if you're down a set and a break or whatever it might be," said Roger.
He faces John Millman in the next round.
Roger's 2020 season started on a positive note as he took the court in Melbourne for his first round match. The Swiss star looked near flawless on Monday as he faced American, Steve Johnson.
The 6-time Australian Open Champion showed no nerves as he stepped out on court to take his 98th match win in Melbourne winning it 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. He walked away with 34 winners and 11 aces and wrapped up the victory in just 81 minutes.
“I think, for me, really, the first three rounds are key to get going, to get used to the pressure, stay calm, when to save break point or 30/30 points… or just to stay calm if you're down a set and a break or whatever it might be. This is sort of the unknown that can be a little bit scary at times. But today there was none of that, because I broke early each set and was able to get on a roll, play freely after that. And also, I felt I had margin. Anything I was doing I felt like I had the game under control. That might not be the case in the next round, so I just think I have to be careful. Round-by-round, point-for-point mentality. I know other guys that are playing extremely well right now so I think it's just important to stay very calm about things right now,” said Roger.