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Final in London

11.11.2012 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger has just completed a comprehensive victory over Andy Murray 7-6(5),6-2 in the semi-final phase of the Barclays ATP tournament in London. Our Champ went back to the basics he knows so well with his serve and volley game backed up by impeccable baseline play and Murray just crumbled in the second set. He now meets Djokovic in the final tomorrow.

 

Roger produced another of the supremely dominant displays he seems to reserve for this tournament as he cruised past Murray in one hour and 33 minutes with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 win at London's O2 Arena and the Swiss great is now one win away from completing a hat-trick of titles at the prestigious season-ending event.While the two venues couldn't be more different, the 17-time Grand Slam champion seems just as in his element under the O2 Arena's domed roof as he does on Wimbledon's Centre Court.


Roger said "It was a special match. It was the third time in London this year for the two of us and the crowd was electric. You really made it for both of us. I have been around the block a few times and that was something. I can't thank you enough for that. You can't tire of nights like this. That is why I keep practising in front of no people, it inspires you to keep working hard."


In his gold medal victory at the All England Club, Murray had set the tone for his straight sets win by grabbing the initiative from the start and he was clearly determined to do the same again. It looked as though the British number one might be able to deliver his home crowd another glorious sporting moment to finish off an extraordinary 2012. He began in aggressive fashion, while our Champ was spraying his usually devastating forehand all round the O2 Arena, with an error on that side handing Murray an immediate break. But, rather than triggering a period of Murray dominance, that was simply the cue for an absorbing battle to break out. It only served to heighten a feverish atmosphere as Federer's huge army of fans more than held their own among the 17,800 spectators. Murray was racing away with the set and Roger did well to claw his way back from 0-30 at 3-1 down, and that escape appeared to shift the momentum. It needed several heavy serves around the 135mph mark to keep Murray ahead in game six, but with his forehand now finding their targets Roger got back on level terms at 4-4. The 31-year-old Swiss was now in charge, pushing for another break before recovering a 3-1 deficit in a tense tie-break. Another superb forehand got him back to 3-3 and the pressure began to tell on Murray, who swiped his racquet in anger after an error handed Roger two set points. Murray's excellent start was long forgotten now and the Scot crept past Roger’s 14 unforced errors by giving up a 15th on set point. After a 62-minute opening set, the second flashed by in 33 minutes as the Champ got into full flow. With the momentum firmly in his favour, Roger was able to unveil the full range of his arsenal in the second set and the end came with the 17-time Grand Slam champion swarming all over the net.


"I knew that if I lost today it's the end of the season, so I gave everything I had and couldn't be more happy," Roger said on court after the match. Roger remains on course for a seventh ATP Tour Finals title to set up a final showdown with Novak Djokovic.

 
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11/12/2012 | 05:44 AM
You were simply best against Murry in yesterday's match . . . Hopefully we see another masterpiece performance by you against Djokovic . . . So, best of luck for today's match :)
11/12/2012 | 05:10 AM
tough first set simply the second set" Superbbbb match beautiful win. Your the best in the world , god bless you dear....
11/12/2012 | 05:03 AM
U can do it tomorrow, go for the WIN IN THE FINAL. YES YOU CAN!!!!!!!!!!
HOIST THE TROPHY AGAIN !!!!!! :)
11/12/2012 | 05:02 AM
Congratulations great win today!! Well u were ready for super aggressive Andy today. Was concern Shanghai may happen again, but you have yr grey cells between yr ears, thus totally ready for him. Luv how you stayed calm even when you had a challenging start ! Luved the 7th game of the 2nd set. U came in the net, and hurried Andy blew his shots in the net. Then he tried to mimic you by coming in the net, and you blew this low beautiful passing shot on him. That was essentially match point!!
11/12/2012 | 04:58 AM
tough first set simply the second set" Superbbbb match beautiful win. Your the best in the world , god bless you dear....
11/12/2012 | 04:49 AM
tough first set simply the second set" Superbbbb match beautiful win. Your the best in the world , god bless you dear....
11/12/2012 | 04:33 AM
Thank you so much, Roger, for giving us this greatly inspiring match before numerous more to come, first of all will be your year-end trophy this evening. All the best.
11/12/2012 | 04:30 AM
4EVER..
11/12/2012 | 04:30 AM
GO WIN IT!!!!!!!! ALL THE BEST...STAY FOCUSED N ...WHAT ELSE...GO WIN IT!!!!!!!!! ALL THE BEST FEDERER....U GOTTA WIN DIS 1 ...N OFCOURSE U GONNA WIN CZ NOLE DOES NT LOOK IN HIS USUAL FORM N U R ON A ROLL ...
U R GONNA GET IMMENSE SUPPORT 4M ME...MORE THN ANY1 IN DIS WORLD YES MORE DAN ANY1 ...SO YEAH U R GONNA WIN
ALL THE BEST. GO 4R 7TH AND 77TH..
LOVE YA
VISHAKHA
YOUR #1 FAN 4ECER
11/12/2012 | 04:30 AM
Congrats!!! All the best in the Final. ;)