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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 | 02:34 AM
Let s go rogeer!

Can't wait to see you in Argentina!! :)
You played great today.

Hope to win the 7th world tour finals!!

ole , ole , ole , oleeee ,Rogeer Rogeer! :)
11/12/2012 | 02:34 AM
well done. congratulations, and good luck tomorrow.
All our support from Uruguay
11/12/2012 | 02:34 AM
lots of luck for the final..awesome tennis today. You were amazing!!!
11/12/2012 | 02:32 AM
i just love the way you moved against murray, the power and beauty of your tennis is so awesome! keep it up one more time and good luck against djokovic, dear maestro! your fans are waiting for you to lift that trophy!
11/12/2012 | 02:29 AM
What a fighter! You surprised once again! You are beautiful Champ!!

Wish you the best of luck in the final. Gooo Roger!!
11/12/2012 | 02:25 AM
Hey Rog,
Congrats for the win. I was worried. You will win if you make sure that he need to work hard to get a point from you most of the time instead of you give him freely. I hope, you will play well tomorrow like second set today... I wish you all the best and will be hoping and praying for your victory at the final. Good Luck, Champ. So proud of you regardless of the result tomorrow.
11/12/2012 | 02:20 AM
Sublime match Roger, congrats! The way you came back and took control! Wow! I'm at a complete loss of words! Only 1 more to go, come on Roger, lucky No. 7! Take care and all the best for tomorrow. We are all rooting for you!
11/12/2012 | 02:19 AM
Soo happy you reached semis once again!! but NEVER say the words "the last match again please!!! That sounds soo sad!! I'm a bit closer to you but not enough! I'm in Madrid and now you are going to my country, Colombia!! no chance to see you playing! :( please be very possitive for tomorrow!! you will do it again!!! kisses
11/12/2012 | 02:19 AM
Congrats Roger! Fantastic match!!
I'm looking forward to see you hold trophy again tomorrow :))
11/12/2012 | 02:09 AM
OH GOD!!! you played amazing today, the match was exciting since the beginning and getting better and better, the tie-break was fantastic and the second set was terrific. Murray is a good player and you are the king so the match was extremely enjoyable. Now be focus on Djocovic´s match and of course, you will be the winner. Best wishes!!!!!! lol. Regards from Peru.