7 match points. Choke of the century

davced1

Professional
I would have thought so too if I didn't watch the match! It was so strange I just waited for the match to be over, it felt like Tennys had won already and under those circumstances probably was not easy to close it out! Most of them were on Federer's serve too and Roger actually played great on most of them.
 

Holdfast44ID

Semi-Pro
Sandgren played down to Federer's "injured" level instead of maintaining his level. Sandgren started to look like he was injured too by the way he was playing and lost concentration. It was more of a choke than anything. Sometimes, players cannot finish well when they know the other guy is injured. Additionally, add all the pressure he was under and he just couldn't rise to the occasion. Nothing against Fed, but the underdog should have won that match. Felt bad seeing him collapse.

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Mike Sams

Legend
Sandgren played down to Federer's "injured" level instead of maintaining his level. Sandgren started to look like he was injured too by the way he was playing and lost concentration. It was more of a choke than anything. Sometimes, players cannot finish well when they know the other guy is injured. Additionally, add all the pressure he was under and he just couldn't rise to the occasion. Nothing against Fed, but the underdog should have won that match. Felt bad seeing him collapse.

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That happened to Stan against Nadal at AO2014.
 

MeatTornado

Legend
People keep calling this a massive choke but 6/7 were on Fed's serve and the one Tennys did have he nailed the 1st serve iirc, but Fed just made a couple circus shots in the mid court to save it.

Federer played extremely safe and Sandgren was content to keep rallying with him since it had been a winning pattern all day. Eventually he went for the high risk winners when he realized Fed wouldn't give him anything. And so he hit the tape on some hard shots. It happens.
 

Sport

Legend
I remember that actually GOAT drop shot to save one of them in the breaker, best drop shot under pressure ever
Nadal made a drop shot in the Wimbledon 2018 SF to save match point. THAT may be the best drop shot under pression ever. Please don't compare making a drop shot against Djokovic in a Slam with making a drop shot against Kohlschreiber in an ATP 500.
 

DjokoLand

Rookie
Nadal made a drop shot in the Wimbledon 2018 SF to save match point. THAT may be the best drop shot under pression ever. Please don't compare making a drop shot against Djokovic in a Slam with making a drop shot against Kohlschreiber in an ATP 500.
Ok then best drop shot on MP ever and then won the match you happy.
 

oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
Lol, so many poasters making such a big deal about the #3 player winning 7 points against the #100 player. Impossible he could do it, no? With 6/7 on serve too, like @MeatTornado said.

It's not as if Sandgren couldn't put a return into play. Fedr had some luck there, I agree, but how about Sandgren lucking out that Fedr gifted him 2.5 sets bc he couldn't serve/play anywhere near his normal level with a groin injury? Sandgren didn't choke bc he was in most of those points. Fedr just didn't gift him any of those 7 points like he has been doing for 2.5 sets.
 

E46luver

Rookie
Not worse than 40-15 bro

40-15
went for 1st serve at T, but hit net. Did nothing wrong.
2nd serve nice slice novak hits deep at his feet, and fed hits it wide
clutch return by Nov and Nov won the point, fed did not lose it
How did Fed choke?

40-30
Good 1st serve in the T, and Nov returns in play.
Fed hits to open court, runs forward, and gets passed by perfect shot by Nov.
How did Fed choke?
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
Kind of reminds me of a story I read about Nicolas Kiefer practicing with Sampras once. Sampras was down in the TB something like 0-6 then won like 8 straight.

Kiefer asked him "is it really that easy for you"?

The top guys are just on another level from the journeymen.
 

jackdaw

Rookie

40-15
went for 1st serve at T, but hit net. Did nothing wrong.
2nd serve nice slice novak hits deep at his feet, and fed hits it wide
clutch return by Nov and Nov won the point, fed did not lose it
How did Fed choke?

40-30
Good 1st serve in the T, and Nov returns in play.
Fed hits to open court, runs forward, and gets passed by perfect shot by Nov.
How did Fed choke?
My favourite part of that




SWEEET!!!!!!!
 

Fridge

Semi-Pro

40-15
went for 1st serve at T, but hit net. Did nothing wrong.
2nd serve nice slice novak hits deep at his feet, and fed hits it wide
clutch return by Nov and Nov won the point, fed did not lose it
How did Fed choke?

40-30
Good 1st serve in the T, and Nov returns in play.
Fed hits to open court, runs forward, and gets passed by perfect shot by Nov.
How did Fed choke?
First one fed totally lost it with an unnecessary error. Are you actually blind. Fed got tight and pushed that thing so wide. Second one Fed did nothing wrong and novak was clutch. Still not the best approach though. He def took something off of it.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
I only saw the first 3 that were not in the tiebreak. They were on Fed's serve, but Sandgren got those return backs and was in every point
 

Holdfast44ID

Semi-Pro
Lol, so many poasters making such a big deal about the #3 player winning 7 points against the #100 player. Impossible he could do it, no? With 6/7 on serve too, like @MeatTornado said.

It's not as if Sandgren couldn't put a return into play. Fedr had some luck there, I agree, but how about Sandgren lucking out that Fedr gifted him 2.5 sets bc he couldn't serve/play anywhere near his normal level with a groin injury? Sandgren didn't choke bc he was in most of those points. Fedr just didn't gift him any of those 7 points like he has been doing for 2.5 sets.
Federer was injured.

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Max G.

Legend
Yeah, and on 6 of 7 of those match points Sandgren had his chances, too! Got into rallies. Sometimes was even ahead in the rallies. Just couldn't close it.

Well, that's what happens when you play someone above-level. It takes more than Sandgren's used to to finish the match, and he couldn't do it.
 

cynical123

New User
Roger Federer is a masochist! He loves agonising his fans, just to reach the end goal of the the pain of losing to Novak, over and over again. Still, I liked how Federer fought at the AO, a shame he got injured tbh
 

canta_Brian

Rookie
Nadal made a drop shot in the Wimbledon 2018 SF to save match point. THAT may be the best drop shot under pression ever. Please don't compare making a drop shot against Djokovic in a Slam with making a drop shot against Kohlschreiber in an ATP 500.
If you say so, sport.
 
Sandgren played down to Federer's "injured" level instead of maintaining his level. Sandgren started to look like he was injured too by the way he was playing and lost concentration. It was more of a choke than anything. Sometimes, players cannot finish well when they know the other guy is injured. Additionally, add all the pressure he was under and he just couldn't rise to the occasion. Nothing against Fed, but the underdog should have won that match. Felt bad seeing him collapse.

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How can you have sympathy for someone who as pretty much everything in his career and now is playing for free money, shouldn't this be your golden, platinum, titanium, opportunity of a lifetime to win. I don't think he will ever recover from this
 

Holdfast44ID

Semi-Pro
How can you have sympathy for someone who as pretty much everything in his career and now is playing for free money, shouldn't this be your golden, platinum, titanium, opportunity of a lifetime to win. I don't think he will ever recover from this
My sympathy was for Sandgren, not Fed. I think you misunderstood what I wrote. Sandgren had him. Should have won. It was a great opportunity. I don't think Fed even felt good about winning that match. You could tell.

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E46luver

Rookie
They won the exact same number of points in that match.
So, 50% chance of winning the point.
To not win 7 match points was 1 in 128 odds.
Either the most clutch playing of the century, or the biggest choke.
Take your pick, but it was nearly impossible to hold (or not convert) 7 match points.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Nadal made a drop shot in the Wimbledon 2018 SF to save match point. THAT may be the best drop shot under pressure ever.
@Sport Since Rafa ultimately lost the match, it can never be the best drop shot ever under pressure. He prolonged the match, but ultimately, he didn't prevail. But it's still worth another look-- a HUGE shot!

 

buscemi

Hall of Fame
In the first round of the 2004 French Open, Vince Spadea saved 9 match points and erased a 5-1 deficit in the 5th set to beat Florent Serra, 7-5, 1-6, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 9-7.
 
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