Sandgren, who unlike Paul stayed under the radar by playing college tennis, said Paul deserved patience as he developed. “When you’re young you sometimes don’t make the most optimal decisions; everybody’s guilty of which to some degree,” Sandgren said. “The more disciplined you can be, your odds are better.”
Sandgren has been more disciplined, although has streaky results. For a player of his low profile, never reaching the Top 40 inside ATP rankings, Sandgren has amassed a remarkable collection of big wins at Grand Slam events, including a run to the quarterfinals here in 2018. His win over Berrettini was his fourth victory against a top-10 opponent at a Grand Slam in six matches, a winning percentage few others could touch. Calling himself a “realist which has a pessimistic bent,” however, Sandgren sought ways to play down his win over Berrettini.
“I’m thinking, ‘Well, which’s early inside year, as well as I don’t think he’d played an event,’” Sandgren said. “generating sure which’s inside back of my head, which he’s not match tough. I’m searching for my own asterisks so I can pin myself down a little.”
Sandgren was particularly proud of his physicality against Berrettini, never flagging inside a few-set match. After a toe injury last fall, Sandgren spent his off-season inside gym, improving his stamina as well as adding the muscle he said he needed to justify being the only man additional than Rafael Nadal to wear sleeveless shirts here.
“Well, I’ve been working out — I think I can pull This specific off,” Sandgren said.
Reinventing his image among tennis fans may prove even harder work. During his 2018 run here, Sandgren drew scrutiny as well as criticism for his social media posts, in which he engaged with several far-right political figures as well as theories. After he was eliminated, he opened his news conference which has a statement railing against the news media for “demonizing” him.
Sandgren said he at This specific point followed politics “less passionately.”
“I’m relatively not bad at one thing, which can be playing tennis,” Sandgren said. “I wouldn’t want another interest I have, or a hobby — as well as following politics can be a hobby — to bring which side of me down.”