Melbourne | Federer to take on a battling Sandgren
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The second quarter final in the bottom half of the Australian Open men’s draw will see Roger Federer taking on the unheralded Tennys Sandgren in what could be another interesting match pitching two different styles of play against each other.
It was impressive how he was competing. I'm looking forward to a tough one Roger Federer
Federer came through despite dropping the opening set which raised a few eyebrows. But once the Swiss icon got the measure of his opponent, Marton Fucsovics, the motored through in typical style to dispatch the Hungarian 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2.
“I think it’s good for me to know that I can put streaks like this together,” said Federer, who won seven games in a row straddling the second and third sets.
“I think in any tournament I played very well, I had those streaks happening at some point,” Federer added after reaching the last eight at Melbourne a record 15 times, and his 57th at all the grand slams.
“It was nice especially off the (John) Millman match, after losing the first set (against Fucsovics), that I had that in me, at the end I was able to control things. So that was nice.”
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Meanwhile Sandgren is making his second appearance in the last eight at the Aussie Open equalling his best performance two years ago.
He beat the 12th seeded Fabio Fognini 7-6(5) 7-5 6-7(2) 6-4 in what was gruelling match which Sandgren, ranked 100 went on to describe as a ‘war’.
“That was fun. Playing him was just a war,” said Sandgren.
“He is so good. You can never count him out at any stage. I had expectations of a fight and that’s what we had.”
Sandgren had never played Federer before but was looking forward to testing himself against the best player in the world.
Federer was also looking forward to their meeting. “I’ve played a lot of tennis in my life but never against Tennys,” he said.
“I watched quite a little bit today against Fognini because it was exciting, it was close,” he added. “It was impressive how he was competing. I’m looking forward to a tough one.”
Awaiting the winner is the possibility of a meeting with Djokovic for a place in the final.
The other two quarter-finals will be decided tomorrow, Monday.