Federer gives a survival lesson and qualifies for the Australian Open semifinals

first_imgPhoto: Reuters The Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, world number 3, qualified on Tuesday for the semifinals of the Australian Open after beating American Tennys Sandgren (number 100) in five sets after saving seven game points in the fourth set.The 38-year-old Swiss, who visibly suffered some physical discomfort, won 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, in a match that lasted four hours. This laborious victory adds to the five sets and three hours and 31 minutes he needed to defeat Australian John Millman in the third round of the tournament. The Swiss wins Sandgren in five sets saving seven ‘match-ball’His opponent in the next round will be the winner of Djokovic-Raoniccenter_img “Today I had incredible luck, I improved my game as the game progressed and the pressure decreased,” Federer said he saved three match points when he lost 5-4 and then another four, three of them in a row, in the game. tie-breaker of that hard-fought fourth set.“Today I didn’t deserve the victory, but here I am and obviously very happy,” Federer added. “I just told myself: I believe in miracles,” he said, referring to the moment when defeat seemed inevitable.All the more so because this Tuesday was not well physically. “Sometimes you feel weird. I felt a pain in the groin, my leg was tightening a little. I don’t like to go to the doctor, I don’t like to show my weaknesses,” Federer said.In the second and third set, Federer became nervous and argued with the referee about a warning. Then he asked for a medical break and left the court when he was losing 6-3, 2-6, 0-3.Overwhelmed in the second and third set, the Swiss miraculously won the fourth set and in the fifth he regained his tennis magic to sentence the match.“We will have to play better in the semifinals, because if I don’t have time to go skiing,” joked Federer when speaking on the court, immediately after the game. In the next round, he will face the winner of the duel between Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic.last_img read more

FIFA WC 2018: Messi Says ‘Maradona Is The Greatest There’s Ever Been’

first_imgAdvertisement(Photo Credits: RT.com)Argentine wizard Lionel Messi who has been preparing for the World Cup since last four years has admitted that Diego Maradona is the greatest out there.Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi has admitted to shedding tears over La Albiceleste’s past international failures but the forward has been preparing for one last shot at World Cup glory. Argentina has suffered plenty of heartbreaks in that past years, losing three successive finals starting with 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2015 Copa America, and 2016 Copa America.Messi has assured La Albiceleste fans that the wish of winning a World Cup still resides in his heart despite the pain of having endured a 1-0 heart-wrenching loss to Germany in 2014. La Albiceleste kicks off their World Cup campaign on Saturday when they take on Iceland in a bid to secure their places in the knockout stages of the competition.However speaking before the game, Messi said: “Even if I played for a million years, I’d never come close to Maradona. Not that I’d want to anyway. He’s the greatest there’s ever been.”Leo Messi: “Even if I played for a million years, I’d never come close to Maradona. Not that I’d want to anyway. He’s the greatest there’s ever been.” #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/8ueu3qIF0F— The Messi World Cup 🏆 (@MessiQuote) June 13, 2018Also Read: One Day To The WC And Julen Lopetegui Has Been Sacked As Spain’s Manager. Advertisementlast_img read more