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Roger soars into semis

25.01.2011 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger has reached his eighth consecutive semi-final at the Australian Open as he had little trouble defeating his Olympics doubles partner, Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.

"I needed a good performance. We’ve played a lot in matches and a lot of practice together so there’s no secrets,” Roger said. “I had a good day today. I was able to mix it up. I’d like to say though Stan played an amazing tournament.”

Roger broke Wawrinka in the second game of the match, and made 77 per cent of his first serves - his best performance in the tournament to date. And our champ also held him to just one ace, keeping him from earning the free points on his serve that had helped in the previous rounds - Wawrinka had scored 24 aces against Roddick. As Roger broke to a 2-0 lead in the final set, Wawrinka showed his frustration by breaking his racket in two after pounding it onto the ground. Roger went on to easily finish the third set with his second match-ball after just 106 minutes.

As well as making his eighth Australian Open semi-final, it is Roger's 27th in Grand Slams since his first title 2003 in Wimbledon. Roger will either play Novak Djokovic (ATP3) or Tomas Berdych (ATP 6) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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01/27/2011 | 01:25 AM
These ESPN critics have been spoutin off ALL week long (since last week's tough match against Simon) that while our idol RF has been NOT at his best than say WOLFMAN/DJOKER/SOSC (RN) since our champ's the only 1 taken as far as a tough 5-setter on 2nd match...anyhoo, pls. make 2nite's straight-set match win against DJOKER as ANTICLIMACTIC IN YOUR USUAL PHLEGMATIC APLOMB AS POSSIBLE, since (1) u often make it look easy anyway & (2) I, 4 1, am 2 nervous 2 watch a(NOTHER) nailbiter against DJOKER!!
01/27/2011 | 01:17 AM
Good luck against Djokovic, Roger! Just play how you have been and you'll be cruising into the final!! We're all behind you, but no pressure! Just enjoy yourself out there and let your talent do the talking!

All the best,

01/27/2011 | 01:05 AM
My dearest Roger Federer ,

Thank you for all your wins sofar . Please play well against
Djokovic . Play with poise , Patience & supreme confidence
and beat him at the outset . You can do it . Produce your best Tennis .
May God bless you in fullest measure . We your fans world over
are with you & supporting you . Lift the coveted title .
Best of luck .

Yours lovingly ,
Raja shekar
01/26/2011 | 11:41 PM
Just was on the Australian Open website...........so many are rooting for you Roger, which is the only logical thing to me!!! Play well, sir! We think you are the best player!! And best record holder! Come on Federer!!
01/26/2011 | 11:36 PM
RN only contracts virus/tendinitis/whatever ailments it pleases him as mere excuses WHENEVER he loses, NOT while he's winnin', see?

Yet, he won the S. Edberg Award this year from what? from cheatin' on the stand... from fakin' injuries timeout... from takin' a sweet long time bet. service points...

It's bad 2 NOT have that SILLY RAFA SLAM this year, no?


01/26/2011 | 11:33 PM
'yaaa know, I really really cannot wait 2 see Roger upended that DJOKER 2nite....despite ALL his impressive runs of late, critics are 4gettin' how mightily the H2H is that our idol RF has over that Djokester~!

01/26/2011 | 11:31 PM
2 sum it ALL up 4 that “DELUSIONAL” RAFA SLAM: Nadal got injured only 'cuz FERRER played better by wiping him off the court!!

Guess ALL those critics favorin’ RN over our idol RF as the winner here should just EAT CROW & QUIT MOUTHIN’ OFF ALREADY, i.e. from Johny Mac/S. Edberg/R. Laver, etc.

When our Champ collects his 5th Trophy @ the Podium this weekend, he can SMILE sweetly in the camera, thank his fans/wife/the twins 4 ALL OUR FAITH IN HIS FEDEROCITY & sublime FEDERER MOMENTS~!!
01/26/2011 | 11:30 PM
Heya, Roger!!! Am so glad that the match against Wawrinka was so superb!!!! Keep playing like that and Novak will soon be out!! Beat him, Roger and take your crown!!!!!
01/26/2011 | 11:14 PM
It will be a though match against Novak but this isn't impossible. I know you can beat him playing as until now. It's a step more to be at the final again. Go Roger!! You can do it!! :)
01/26/2011 | 10:51 PM
Dear Roger,

You are so close to your 17 Grand Slam crown. I'm sure Rolex will reward you in wealth should you achieve this feat. =) The Djoker is going to be tough to beat but you're playing Melbourne not Gotham City like last time so his powers and influence will be limited. I know you hold the Ace to beat him! Work hard, play hard and we'll be watching you go at it tonight! Allez Roger!!!