Australian Open: Federer surpasses his Wimbledon tally, advances to semi-final after winning five-set thriller
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer on Tuesday pulled off one of the greatest escapes of his career, saving seven match points to come from two sets down and beat Tennys Sandgren of USA for a place in the ongoing Australian Open semi-finals. Federer won the quarter final match against Sandgren at Rod Laver Arena to record his 102nd victory in the Australian Open. He surpassed his tally in Wimbledon (101) to make the Australian Open his most successful major tournament.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion defeated the American 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 in the quarter-finals in a match that lasted for over three hours.
The No.3 ranked player came out all guns blazing and dropped just three games in the first set, winning it comprehensively.
However, Sandgren staged a remarkable comeback and won the next two sets to take the match in his favour.
Federer, however, showed his class and won the next two sets to enter the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
The world number three has now entered his 15th semi-final of the tournament. Federer, 38, has also become the oldest player since Australia's Ken Rosewall in 1977 to make it to the semi-finals of the tournament.
"I don't deserve this one, but I'm standing here and obviously very happy. I just said (to myself while losing), I believe in miracles," said Federer, adding, "I got incredibly tonight, today -- I don't even know what time it is. I'm lucky to be here and might as well make the most of it (in the semis)," as quoted by AFP.
If the American had won the match, he would have become the lowest-ranked player to reach Australian Open since 1991.
During his fourth-round match in the ongoing tournament, Federer had brought up his 100th win in the tournament Down Under.
(with ANI inputs)
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