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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 | 02:05 AM
Roger, congratulation for defeated Murray, I very happy for u victory.. All the best n good luck against djokovic tomorrow match..I still can remember how u beat him in 2010 semi final ATP world tour at sublime performance
11/12/2012 | 01:59 AM
What a match! I feel like I can fly.What a champion, you rose to the occasion after almost being double broken! We love you Roger and we believe in you! Get that trophy!
11/12/2012 | 01:53 AM
I have a big smile, I'm so proud. Great match!
11/12/2012 | 01:50 AM
Roger, only one step YOU MUST DO IT .VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You are a super hero.
11/12/2012 | 01:48 AM
Super Roger!!!!The King is alive...
11/12/2012 | 01:46 AM
Congratulation Roger, SUPER GEMACHT !!!, Mentally strong and outplaying murray by cahnging the game plan, wonderful. Now against djoko, you will beat him for sure...it can be a though one do, but ROger number seven, lucky seven it is your time to shine at end of the year, it belongs to you once more. All the best of luck tomorrow. I will be watching and cheering
11/12/2012 | 01:38 AM
Nice to see you come back to win the game against Murray!!!! It feels so good to see you back in the final. Good luck tomorrow!!!!
11/12/2012 | 01:30 AM
CONGRATULATIONS ROGER! I am so proud and have been screaming in happiness all day. You played a great match and brought back your classic shots to get the win. This title is destined to be yours. Just be the best, and I hope to see you lift the trophy for a record 7th time. Allez Federer!
11/12/2012 | 01:30 AM
I don't know how you turned that around, but amazing match - congratulations! Best of luck against Djokovic tomorrow.
11/12/2012 | 01:23 AM
AMAIZING!!!!Thanks Roger for being such an inspiration! For fighting for what you want even on those hard times and achieving it! I 'll be watching the match tomorrow and cheering for you of course! All my best wishes and just enjoy Yourself!!!! :)