Tennys Sandgren reached the Australian Open quarterfinals second time earlier this year. Even though, He missed his maiden grand slam semifinal appearance after seven match points slip lost against six-times event champion Roger Federer. However, American Tennis Professional admitted, It is a blessing play against Novak Djokovic at the Western and Southern Open 2020 third-round match.
2019 Auckland Open Champion Tenny Sandgren defeated Auger-Aliassime 6-7(4), 6-2, 7-6(5) on Monday at Cincinnati Open. Moreover, He took two hours and 50 minutes to beat the Canadian in his second-round match.
The 29-years-old reminisced his quarterfinal loss, and he missed his chance to play against Djokovic in the semifinals at the Melbourne major event. Additionally, Sandgren said, “I was [upset] in Australia that I didn’t get to play [him] in the semis. I was looking forward to potentially that happening once I made it to the point where that could be a thing.”
He also added, “It is a blessing to be able to play against someone who is going to be one of the all-time greats.”
Tennys Sandgren On Playing Against Novak Djokovic In The Empty Stadium
World No.55 Tennys Sandgren also answered when he was asked about the advantage of playing against Novak Djokovic behind closed doors.
Sandgren said, “We are used to playing with nobody and we are used to not having those outside stimuli of people watching you, that extra pressure of eyes on you, which is very tangible.”
“At the same time, those guys are also magicians at getting themselves mentally up and prepared for matches. While I think it might be easier for someone like me, someone like Novak is extremely gifted at playing mental games with himself. I don’t think he is really going to have a problem getting up for these matches.”, Former World No.41 added.
In conclusion, Sandgren mentioned, “Once he has committed to come and play, I think he is going to be fully in it. When you are able to hear somebody’s name and then change it to your own name in a match, I think you are probably pretty gifted at the mental side of the sport.”