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Roger Federer survives SEVEN match points to book spot in Australian Open semi-finals with thrilling five-set win over world No 100 Tennys Sandgren Roger Federer was on the brink of heading home during the fourth set  However, he survived seven match points to progress to the semi-finals Federer defeated world No 100 Tennys Sandgren 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3

By Mike Dickson for MailOnline

Published: 07:47 GMT, 28 January 2020 | Updated: 08:04 GMT, 28 January 2020

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Hindered by physical pain, given a code violation for bad language and facing seven match points, Roger Federer staged one of the most remarkable survival acts of his career to stay in the Australian Open.

Seven times he was on the cusp of defeat to world number 100 Tennys Sandgren, and seven times he pulled himself back to win 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 in three hours and 31 minutes.

He was left awaiting the winner of Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic, having equalled his record of match points saved, which came 17 years ago against Australian Scott Draper. 

Roger Federer has progressed to the semi-finals of the Australian Open with a stunning victory

Federer greets opponent Tennys Sandgren at the net following their five-set thriller

Federer greets opponent Tennys Sandgren at the net following their five-set thriller

American Sandgren was on the brink of victory but failed to get the win over the line

American Sandgren was on the brink of victory but failed to get the win over the line

World No 3 Federer appeared to be heading home before he rallied back in the fourth set

World No 3 Federer appeared to be heading home before he rallied back in the fourth set

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