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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 | 04:18 PM
the most intertaining point and the turning point from my point of view, was when roger was 0-2 down, and 0-30 on his serve, all of a sudden, i saw anger in his eyes, and as if he just restored and gathered all his talents, abilities and determination to come back. i hope u always be on fire like yesterday, keep being hungry:)
11/12/2012 | 04:17 PM
I just can't get enough of watching you play. Go after Djokovic. Serve Aces, be aggressive attack 2nd serves (like you started to do against Murray). Use your variety of shots and keep him deep in the court. Go show everybody why you are the greatest. Stay focus on every shot. Stay focus on your serve. You dictate the play.

Let loose of your magic on the court.
11/12/2012 | 04:09 PM
Go Roger Go for the Champion tonight.
Overwhelm Novak with your variety thunder serves & explosive strokes. Stay calm & focus to dictate the plays vigorously.
You can do it. just do it. Roger. Let your marvelous magic shine most brilliantly again.
11/12/2012 | 04:09 PM
Go Roger Go for the Champion tonight.
Overwhelm Novak with your variety thunder serves & explosive strokes. Stay calm & focus to dictate the plays vigorously.
You can do it. just do it. Roger. Let your marvelous magic shine most brilliantly again.
11/12/2012 | 03:53 PM
Hey dearest Roger all the best of luck for the final.

with lots of love and best wishes.
Saima Khalid
11/12/2012 | 03:52 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 | 03:27 PM
Well Roger what can i say perfect,awesome,fab,you are all of theses qualities.You are the peoples number 1 and always will be never forget that.The crowd loved you last night more than Murray on his home soil,Just because he is British doesn't mean everyone supports him.You are a true gentleman not shouting and swearing when you lose a point,not like Murray bashing his racket like some spoilt kid. Good Luck in the final.Love from me and all your fans in Liverpool.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
11/12/2012 | 03:14 PM
Roger, please, make my day!!! Erase Novak and obtain your seventh ATP Tour Final!!! Love, Adriana
11/12/2012 | 03:14 PM
Best of luck Roger,
May ALLAH bless u.(Ameen)
11/12/2012 | 03:03 PM
today is the final match
sweep Novak!