Now not even a half-a-million-dollar pay day was once sufficient to console Tennys Sandgren after the quintessential tennis battler blew the potential of a life-time towards Roger Federer on the Australian Open.
It’s going to be an ideal birthday celebration story, however Sandgren will perpetually be haunted for squandering SEVEN fit issues towards arguably the best participant ever in a dramatic, sliding doorways quarter-final at Melbourne Park.
“I may simply as simply be within the semis presently, however I am not, so …,” Sandgren rued after his gut-wrenching 6-Three 2-6 2-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-Three loss to the 20-times grand slam champion at Melbourne Park.
“Again to the drafting board, you recognize. Again to the drafting board.
“Stay running. Stay seeking to strengthen. Perhaps I’m going to get any other glance, any other shot. Perhaps I’m going to come via.”
All seven of Sandgren’s fit issues got here deep within the fourth set.
However, to be honest, the underdog did not do a lot fallacious. Federer, appearing why he is extensively thought to be the GOAT – biggest of all time – hung tricky.
“Yeah, he performed them neatly. Clearly he performed them neatly,” Sandgren stated.
“I may have performed them higher. I have run via them (the fit issues) a host of instances.
“He was once competitive on one, passive on a couple of, got here in on one – (I) may have put the volley in a special spot. He learn it neatly, hit two just right passes.
“Put me in an ungainly spot at the closing one I had. Ignored the method. He almost certainly would have handed me anyway. It was once in a nasty spot.
“Yeah, you recognize, all credit score to him evidently. Tennis is a loopy game. Seven (fit issues) isn’t that many. Used to be it seven?
“One on my serve. In reality now not that many. If I had, like, six on my serve, I might be actually frustrated.”
However even Federer admitted he was once “extremely fortunate” and “did not deserve” to win.
Now not that the good Swiss’s confession – nor the career-best $525,000 pay day – had been any comfort to Sandgren.
“Now not inspired presently. I’ve 0 encouragement presently,” stated the 28-year-old, who additionally neglected the invaluable alternative to play Novak Djokovic on some of the international’s largest levels in a grand slam semi-final.
“I imply, I am positive I’m going to glance again in a pair days and recognize the tennis I performed the closing, what, 8, 9 days.
“However recently simply upset. Simply upset.”
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