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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 | 08:17 PM
Well played, Roger, just now saw match report, pics , post match interview & highlights & u were just amazing -----


good luck for the final match vs Djokovic... Allez
11/12/2012 | 08:06 PM
All the luck and love in the world for you tonight Roger, may you play with focus, patience and determination to beat the tenacious Serb. Let's see some S & V if possible please. All our hearts are with you champ, GO GET 'IM. xxxxxxxxx
11/12/2012 | 07:50 PM
Only an hour for the match........GOOD LUCK CHAMP!!!! With all my love!!!!
11/12/2012 | 07:11 PM
Federinho my dearest, hope you had a good rest and are prepared to beat Djoko up today. I wouldn't mind another bagle dear. Just enjoy your game, I know we will! Good luck and let's take the trophy home, ok? Love
11/12/2012 | 06:58 PM
Good luck tonight!Just play your best and the tournamnet is your.We love and support you
11/12/2012 | 06:58 PM
Thank you Roger and good luck in the final this evening ! I believe , you will win ! It is fantastic, amazying weekend . Good luck, good luck !
11/12/2012 | 06:42 PM
It was an amazing match. All the best for the final. We know you can do it!
11/12/2012 | 06:36 PM
wish u the best for the grand finale....hope u have preserved the best for the season finale between the no 1 and 2. hope ur serve will click and also the backhand and try to cut the unforced errors with the phenomenal forehand.....wanna see u r smiling with the silver ware in O2 arena....
11/12/2012 | 06:28 PM
Dearest Champ, You were great last night, knew You will make it to the finals!
Good luck tonight, show everyone, once more, Your magic on the court!!!
Always No°1 for me! :))
11/12/2012 | 06:23 PM
Good luck for tonight! :) Always with you :))