In normal circumstances you would favour Roger Federer as he came up against Tennys Sandgren but Federer has come into Melbourne under prepared you could argue.
Two sets to one down against Sandgren and you feared the worse. The former champion did up his game in the fourth set forcing a tie-break against the American and managed to get to a fifth set saving a quite incredible seven match points!
The comeback doesn’t come as a surprise, I think the intensity has been fine from Roger but just the application has been a little wavy over the course of the fortnight so far. He did have a slight problem during the match and had to call the trainer on for a groin strain and has still never retired from a match.
It just shows how used to this format and scenario Federer is. The level of Tennys Sandgren completely dropped off. The American was dejected, frustrated and seemed to have a moan at everyone and I’m not too sure why!
Federer did what a champion does, he finds that gear late on and look so fresh. His average first serve speed for the fifth and final set was 194kph which was much higher than his average for the whole match!
We are now at that same point again, we don’t officially know who he will face in the semi-finals but Novak Djokovic is the likely one.
The question is, how much does Roger now have left in the tank?