Legendary Tennis star Roger Federer on Tuesday expressed his relief after managing to reach the Australian Open semi-finals, following a hard-fought clash against Tennys Sandgren.
Federer got off to an excellent start initially with a win in the first set, before struggling and losing the next two against Sandgren. The Swiss player further required a medical timeout when 3-0 down in the third, due to groin and leg discomfort.
Federer was on the brink of defeat in the fourth set after facing as many as seven match points. However, the tennis star demonstrated excellent resilience to make a comeback against the odds.
"You've got to get lucky sometimes, I'll tell you that. In those seven match points you're not in control, it may not look that way," said a jovial Federer.
"I don't know, I was just hoping that he wasn't going to smash the winner on that one point, and just keep the ball in play, and if he misses one or two, who knows what he's thinking about?," he added.
.@rogerfederer doesn't remember all 7️ match points Sandgren had.— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2020
"I could have blinked at the wrong time and shanked and that would have been it. I was definitely incredibly lucky today." #AO2020 | #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/bvyDNSgAua
Federer further stated that he did not deserve the win, but was very happy after getting incredibly lucky.
"Even that didn't really matter. I think he played his match, I got incredibly lucky and then as the match went on, I started to feel better again. All the pressure went away, and I started to play. Again, I got a little lucky with the breaks and served really well I think for most of the game, particularly at the end. I don't deserve this one, but I'm standing here and obviously very happy," he concluded.