Aussie Open: I Was Very Lucky- Federer
By Samuel Victor Akpan
Roger Federer produced a scintillating performance against American Tennys Sandgreen to reach the Australian Open semi-final on Tuesday.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner defeated 28-year-old Sandgreen 6-2 3-6 2-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-3 to progress to the next round where he will face the winner of the tie between Milos Raonic and Novak Djokovic.
Federer, who came from two sets down, saved seven match points in the fourth set and also needed a medical break before coming through in three hours and 28 minutes.
It was a performance that stunned everyone in the Rod Laver Arena and left them in awe of the brilliance of the 38-year-old Swiss.
"You have to get lucky sometimes, I tell you that!” said Federer after the game, “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. As the game went on, I found my rhythm and the pressure eased off. I didn't deserve this one but I'm standing here and I'm obviously very happy.”
He added: "I have played a lot of tennis throughout my life and sometimes you feel funny. I could feel my groin tightening up, stiffening. I don't like calling the trainer - sign of weakness and stuff, I try not to show it! I just said I believe in miracles.”
“It wasn't bad enough where I thought it was going to get worse. It was just stiff and tight so I thought, I'll let him finish me off in style but he didn't so I'm very lucky. I don't even know what time it is!"
Federer who has six Australian Open titles to his name, also was optimistic about his chances of going all the way to winning the tournament and thinks playing Raonic or Djokovic in the semi-finals would be no easy task.
"Draws are not getting easier. I have got the rest of the day, nothing to do, tomorrow nothing to do. You just never know. With these lucky escapes you think you should already be skiing in Switzerland. I'm lucky to be here so I might as well make the most of it.”
"It's great to see Milos doing well. It's ncie for him to remind everyone that he does belong up in the rankings. It will be a great match with Novak Djokovic.
"Novak is obviously a champ. He loves playing here. We have had some epic matches in the past. I hope I feel better than I do today otherwise I might as well be skiing in Switzerland!"
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