FEDERER AFTER HIS QUALIFICATION: “I WILL HAVE TO PLAY BETTER IN THE HALF OTHERWISE I WILL BE ABLE TO GO SKIING”
Roger Federer: After his victory in the incredible scenario against Tennys Sandgren (100 th world) in the quarterfinals in Melbourne on Tuesday, the Swiss joked at the microphone of Jim Courrier on the court. After a new battle in five sets (6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3), Roger Federer is aware of the difficulties experienced at the start of the year and the magnitude of the task who awaits him in the next round, where he will face the winner of the duel between Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic.
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“I was incredibly lucky today, I got better and better as the game went on and the pressure went down,” said Federer who saved three game points 4-5 in the 4th set, then four more, including three consecutive in the tie break of the same 4th round.
“That victory, I didn’t deserve it, but I’m here … and obviously I’m very happy.” Especially since physically, he was not at best on Tuesday. “Sometimes we feel a little weird. I felt discomfort in the groin, my leg stiffened a little … I don’t like to call the doctor, I don’t like showing my weaknesses, “he commented.
In the 2nd and 3rd sets, Federer showed signs of nervousness and engaged in a discussion with the referee to whom he reproached for having given him a warning based on the words of a linesman. In the process, he left the court with the physiotherapist at 6-3, 2-6, 0-3 for a medical time-out.
Exceeded in the 2nd and 3rd seats, the Swiss came out by miracle in the 4th, the round of all dangers where he, therefore, erased seven match balls, and by magic, he took over in the 5th. “I will have to play better in the half because otherwise, I’m sure I can go skiing!” Finally joked the native of Basel.