Roger Federer vs Tennys Sangren LIVE
*Federer 6-3 2-6 Sandgren
The world No 3 is broken and we’re all even on the Australian Open’s main court!
Sandgren’s serving has been much improved and his confidence is rising.
A lovely rally ends with Federer failing to clear the net with a backhand. Fifteen unforced errors from the Swiss now.
Federer 6-3 2-5 Sandgren*
Six break points in the first set for Federer, but none here thus far.
Having dropped sets to John Millman and Marton Fucsovics in his last two matches, he is on the cusp of dropping another here.
*Federer 6-3 2-4 Sandgren
Some great rallies between the pair here, as Sandgren smashes an overhead past Federer after an attempted lob. Roger holds, though.
Federer 6-3 1-4 Sandgren*
The 20-time Grand Slam champion gets on the board.
But after Sandgren lets slip his 40-0 advantage, he restores his three-game lead when Federer’s left-handed backhand only finds the net.
Federer 6-3 0-3 Sandgren*
Sandgren has built a nice lead in this second set, three-love.
Federer far too sloppy so far.
*Federer 6-3 0-2 Sandgren
Now then, there’s a spanner in the works!
Sandgren breaks early in the second set to put some pressure on as Federer fires long. Hello, hello, here we go.
*Federer 6-3 Sandgren
Sandgren holds under pressure and Federer – serving for the set – responds by cranking up the gears.
First set done after 34 minutes.
Federer 5-2 Sandgren*
He’s trailing, but there have been some lovely shots from Sandgren so far here, as he lifts a forehand just over the net and squeezes it past Federer.
He can’t break back, though. Federer nearly has the first set.
*Federer 4-2 Sandgren
Fautless service match from Federer.
A second double fault from Sandgren then offers him the chance to break for a third straight game and after missing the earlier opportunities, there it is. Advantage Fed.
Federer 2-2 Sandgren*
Smoother game from Roger sees him hold serve.
And then, after wasting the chance to break Sandgren in his first service game, the world No 3 goes from three break points to deuce, including one high-speed ace.
A brilliant one-handed backhand from Sandgren soon sees him level the match once more.
Federer 1-1 Sandgren*
Impressive from Sandgren to save two break points from Federer.
A beautiful forehand after Federer moves to the net and then an error from the Swiss sees the American maintain his serve.
*Federer 1-0 Sandgren
Federer opts to serve after winning the toss and he starts off with an ace. He’s not at his absolute best though and finds himself having to save a break point.
Sandgren’s left knee is heavily taped but he’s moving well, though it’s Roger who claims the first game.
4.05am: Still waiting for the pair to come out on court.
Ahead of the clash, Sandgren warned Federer that he’ll be raring to go in the Melbourne sunshine.
He told reporters ahead of today’s match: “I haven’t had that many looks or wasn’t supposed to. The fact that I am [in the quarter-finals], I get amped up.
“I want to perform. I want to do well. I don’t want to take the time on the court for granted.
“Getting to play in a big stadium, in front of a lot of people, because I’ve played a lot of tennis in front of very few people, the fact I get to do that seems to bring out the best tennis in me.”
3.55am: Barty vs Kvitova is all over and it’s the Aussie who is through to the final four, much to the delight of the Rod Laver Arena crowd.
Federer and Sandgren will be out on court shortly, for their first ever meeting. Stay tuned!
3.45am: Federer comes into this one as a massive favourite, but Sandgren is no rookie. The 28-year-old reached this same stage of the Australian Open two years ago.
And Swiss icon Federer is surprised his opponent in 97 places below him in the ATP rankings.
“I wonder why he’s not ranked higher, to be honest,” he said.
“Every time I see him play, I feel like he plays very well.
“He’s got a lot of stuff in his game that he’s deserving of being higher.”
3.30am: Good morning! Or afternoon, depending on where you are.
It’s quarter-final day at the Australian Open and Roger Federer is the man in action, taking on world No 100 Tennys Sandgren (yes, his name really is Tennys) on Rod Laver Arena.
A six-time champion in Melbourne, Federer is looking to set up a potential semi-final showdown with reigning champion Novak Djokovic, who plays on the same court against Milos Raonic later today.
Before Federer takes to the court, women’s world No 1 and home hope Ashleigh Barty is in action against Petra Kvitova, last year’s runners up. Neither of the pair have ever won this tournament.
We’ll be bringing you live updates of Federer vs Sandgren just as soon as that match is concluded.