You'll probably have a pretty good tournament if you exceed the length of your rental. And that was the case for American Tennys Sandgren, who defeated World Champion Fabio Fognini on Saturday for the first time at Wimbledon.
The 27-year-old was more than happy to book a hotel room after the expiration of the rental period of his AirBnB.
"I was in an apartment. I actually moved yesterday. I did not have a reservation anymore because I did not want to overbook my stay. I will not schedule the two-week experience, "Sandgren said, laughing. "Now I'm in a hotel and it's good, it's comfortable, so as long as the weather stays cool, my room is cool and that's a big deal ̵
"It's exciting to be in the fourth round. I did not expect that I would really be in this position, "said Sandgren. "It has been a tough few months, I have been playing a bit better tennis lately, but I have had a hard time not winning many games and it feels good to feel that my game is coming together, and if I feel like I'm playing well and that things are falling in my direction, which was not the case. "
Sandgren's two youngest first losses came after qualifying and only four of those defeats came in straight sets. Although it was a tough track, he worked hard to seize the moment when the opportunity arose to get back on track.
"The thing is, everyone is really good, all these guys are incredible good players and they all do their best to be ready to play against you on a particular day and beat you, to believe that you deserve more or that you will win more matches because of X, Y or Z is sometimes unrealistic , Sandgren said. "The fact that it just did not go in my direction and I lost many close games is daunting, but I knew it would turn out for me if I held on to it and worked hard, and I would sort of out of it Season of defeat and hopefully a week like this.
"It's very much a mental game. If you are traveling alone and can not turn around, there is no help. It's just your game and how you feel on that day and how you can keep it together. So it's up to you and if things are not going well, you can easily beat yourself up. But staying positive and believing in yourself is a big facet of how you can drive these waves in one season.
Sandgren won his match in four sets against Yasutaka Uchiyama in the first round and then fought past the finalist of the Fever-Tree Championships Gilles Simon in a five-set thriller in which he converted nine of his 13 breakpoint chances. Against Fognini, who was recently voted into the top 10, Sandgren made only 18 mistakes and won 70 percent of his second serving points.
"It was a great week. I find my game and start to play good tennis. Today was a very good game for me. I knew I had to play well because Fabio is a great player, "said Sandgren. "We had a really good tie in the second set, 14/12. I think the match depends on it. But yes, I felt good about my game. "
It's not a new experience for Sandgren, who celebrated the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in his main debut last year, where he beat Stan Wawrinka (then world number 8) and Dominic Thiem (then world number 5).
" Me I have more experience than the last time I was in such a situation and I think it definitely helps me to at least know what bothers me and is willing to respond, "said Sandgren so small that it definitely helps me to have a bit more experience than last time. "
An American will be guaranteed to reach the last eight on SW19, as Sandgren will face compatriot Sam Querrey on Monday Eastbourne last week, Querrey had not played because of a stomach injury since Houston, but he has reached the final in this ATP 250 tournament and has been broken only once at Wimbledon.
"Obviously playing he is very good. I have not seen him play too often this week, but every time I watch TV with him, he hits an ace, so I'm ready for some big serves, "Sandgren said. "Excited for the opportunity for sure. I've never played Sam before, but he's a good friend and it'll be a lot of fun. "