'Gotta get lucky': Tennis world in shock over Roger Federer 'miracle'

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

Roger Federer saved seven match points in the fourth set in an epic match against world no.100 Tennys Sandgren on Tuesday afternoon.

In a match defined by a number of unusual occurrences affecting both players, Federer found a way to grind out the victory when it seemed like Sandgren was poised to secure one of the upsets of the Australian Open.

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An hour passed between the first match point Federer saved in the fourth set, and the first match point Federer earned in the fifth - which he made count.

‘You gotta get lucky sometimes,” Federer said in his on-court interview after the match.

It comes after Federer survived a similarly close call against Australian hopeful John Millman earlier in the tournament, where he won a fifth set super tiebreak.

There was controversy aplenty, particularly earlier in the match as Sandgren took control in the second and third sets.

After dominating the first set 6-3, Federer suddenly found himself on the ropes as Sandgren took the second and third sets, both 6-2.

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates after victory against Tennys Sandgren quarter-final match at the Australian Open. (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP via Getty Images)

Federer was called for a rare code violation as he was on the cusp of going down 3-0 in the third set, as one of the line judges reported an audible obscenity from his direction to the chair umpire.

An incredulous Federer was less than impressed with that turn of events, and a wobbly set took an even worse turn as he called for a medical timeout.

Sandgren easily closed out the third and looked to take control of the fourth before Federer once again found his feet.

The Swiss star saved no less than seven match points in a back and forth tiebreak in the fourth set, before eventually claiming the set.

There was no looking back from then on, as Federer claimed a 6-3, 3-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory.

Federer will play the winner of Tuesday night’s quarter final between Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic in the semi-final.