Sandgren topples Thiem to keep Melbourne dream alive

Sandgren topples Thiem to keep Melbourne dream alive

The man from Tennessee, who hadn't won a Grand Slam match until this tournament after being knocked out in the first round at last year's French and US Opens, said the wins had given him belief.

The 97th-ranked Tennessee native captured the decisive break against the Austrian in the sixth game of the final set and sealed the match in style with a thumping forehand victor from the baseline at a raucous Hisense Arena. "You don't have energy to waste on emotions". Before that it was Nicolas Escude in 1998.

As crushing a let-down as it was, Sandgren shrugged off the setback and maintained the fearless tennis that had pushed Thiem to the wall.

"We kind of had this slogan that there's still meat on the bone, so as long as it's there, we're going to try to, well, milk this cow for every drop", the misty-eyed Madrigal told Reuters in an interview.

After his match, he was asked at a news conference about the nature of some of his tweets, suggesting he follows some accounts or retweets items from controversial right-wing sources.

"I knew I had to take my chances", he said on-court. "So, yeah, I had to deal with it till the end of the match".

"I know that I serve well".

He was asked if he supports any far-right movements. "This is confirmation for me", he said. "As a firm Christian, I don't support things like that, no".

Sandgren topples Thiem to keep Melbourne dream alive
Sandgren topples Thiem to keep Melbourne dream alive

Unheralded American Tennys Sandgren says he struggling to come to grips with upsetting Austria's fifth seed Dominic Thiem over five sets to storm into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open today.

Sandgren, who numbered triple grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka among his victims this week, will play young gun Chung Hyeon for a place in the semi-finals.

Sandgren lost to Chung in Auckland two weeks ago, and he credited his form in that loss - 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 - with forcing improvements in his game. I was running everywhere and she always had the answer.

He's won several ATP Challenger titles and previously has competed at the Knoxville Challenger, held every November.

Chung will now play another relatively unknown player in the quarterfinals - Tennys Sandgren, a 97th-ranked American who beat No. 5-seeded Dominic Thiem earlier Monday. I knew I had to take my chances. He hit 63 winners against 38 unforced errors. "He didn't really drop for nearly four hours".

World number 58 Chung's star is rising and he will be another massive challenge for Sandgren, who felt he needed to pinch himself after beating Thiem to be sure he wasn't dreaming.

The Tennessee native's advance has been all the more remarkable given his failure to win more than two Tour-level matches in succession prior to Melbourne Park. Strycova saved one match point with an audacious serve-volley and a second with an overhead smash before the 20th seed surrendered by clubbing a backhand over the baseline.

"It definitely made me realise how much I love it and how much pressure I put on myself. If I wake up now, I'm going to be real upset".

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