Roger Federer after second crazy Australian Open comeback win: 'I don't deserve this one'



For the second time in the Australian Open, Roger Federer pulled off a wild comeback victory with a tiebreak set in the mix.

And after he beat beating American Tennys Sandgren, 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, in the quarterfinals Tuesday in Melbourne, the 38-year-old Swiss player kept repeating over and over how lucky he felt. Lucky as in fortunate, of course, but he also felt luck was on his side at times.

Down two sets to one and on the brink of elimination, Federer, who struggled as his groin and leg muscles tightened up, saved seven match points in the fourth set, which included coming back from a 6-3 in the first-to-10 tiebreak. He ultimately won the breaker, 10-8, taking the set and later the match.

“You’ve got to get a bit lucky sometimes — I’ll tell you that,” Federer said in his post-match on-court interview. He’ll play Novak Djovokic in a must-watch semifinal match.

Federer continued:

“I think he played his match. I think I got incredibly lucky today. And then as the match went on, I started to feel better again and all the pressure went away, and I just tried to play.

“And again, got a little lucky to get the break, and I served really well, I think, for most of the match, at the end especially. So I don’t deserve this one, but I’m standing here and I’m obviously very, very happy.”

Only a few days ago in his third-round match against Australia’s John Millman, Federer was down, 8-4, in a final-set tiebreaker and rallied to win six straight points to win. It marked his 100th Australian Open match win and was his first incredibly unlikely comeback of the tournament.

After beating Sandgren, Federer further explained how his body was struggling. At one point, he received medical attention from the trainer, which he said he doesn’t like to do because he thinks it shows his opponent a “sign of weakness.”

He continued:

“I just said, ‘I believe in miracles.’ There could be rain, there could be stuff. It wasn’t bad enough where I thought I was going to get worse. It was just stiff and tight and whatever you want to call it, and just let him finish me off in style and he didn’t do that, so just incredibly lucky tonight, today, whatever. I don’t even know what time it is. …

“You do feel better in a couple of days, so you never know again. And with these lucky escapes, all of a sudden you might play without any expectations anymore because you know you should already actually be skiing in Switzerland, not on the way there. … So lucky to be here and might as well make the most of it.”

Federer and Djovokic play their semifinal match Thursday morning in Melbourne, which will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.

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