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Quarters in Melbourne

21.01.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Roger has just completed another stage of the Australian open and gave a stinging master class to yet another opponent on the way - unfortunately for Raonic, he was the student.


Roger said of Raonic’s 210kmh plus serve "You try to anticipate it a little bit which happened better and better as the match went on. I got a feel for it, I'm so happy with the way I played. I think we both played a great match. It would be fun to play seven five-setters in a row … but it’s not really what you want to do”
 
Our Champ did not face a single break point and produced just 12 unforced errors on his own serve. The first nine games of today's match went with serve, but the 13th seed Raonic was the first to double fault and gave Roger a set point which he gratefully accepted as Raonic netted a backhand volley. Roger had, amazingly, made just one unforced error throughout the set and although much is often made of Raonic's powerful serve, our champ was more than holding his own in that department too. Just nine points were lost on serve in the second set – Roger dropping only two – and a tie-break was required to decide the outcome. Raonic produced aces with his first three serves, but Roger was simply waiting patiently for his opportunity and seized it with a backhand winner down the line as Raonic came into the net. An ace of his own gave Federer three set points and he took the second with a forehand winner. After that he seemed to break Raonic's spirit and Roger broke serve twice early in the third set on his way to a convincing victory.


"It's important to stay focused. I have learned that over the years, and it pays off in the end." Roger said.


Our Champ now faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the next round.

 
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01/21/2013 | 10:37 PM
You were absolutely brilliant Roger. I enjoyed watching every moment of the match, you were dominant from start to finish. Continue with this level of play Roger and the title is most definitely yours. All the best against Tsonga.
01/21/2013 | 10:31 PM
Congrats on making it through another potentially tough match - and to your 35th straight qtr final or better! You're playing great, in every department - serving, shot making & footwork/speed. I think you can finish off what Stan Wawrinka almost did in his match with Djokovic. You're playing the best of anyone!
01/21/2013 | 10:23 PM
A truly masterclass performance! Keep it this way and the trophy is yours, God willing you will. Go Roger!!
01/21/2013 | 10:10 PM
Simply breathtaking Roger, congratulations!
You will never cease to amaze us!
Best of luck against Jo, I know you'll get through!
Come on!!!!
01/21/2013 | 10:06 PM
FELICITACIONES ROOOO MI SOL BELLO, GRAN PARTIDO EXCELENTE, TE DESEO TODO EL EXITO CONTRA TSONGA, BESOS TE AMO ROSI DE ARGENTINA.
01/21/2013 | 09:25 PM
FELICIDADES ROGER!!!!

FUE UN GRAN PARTIDO EL QUE JUGASTE HOY CONTRA RAONIC, MARAVILLOSA PERFORMANCE EN GENERAL. SENTI UNA GRAN ALEGRIA. UN PARTIDO MUY BIEN PLANTEADO, CON GRAN CONCENTRACION MENTAL Y EXCELENTE ESTADO FISICO.

MUCHOS EXITOS CONTRA TSONGA... TU PUEDES GANARLE NUEVAMENTE, SOLO TIENES QUE SEGUIR ENFOCADO COMO HASTA AHORA. PARTIDO POR PARTIDO ROGER, TAL CUAL ESTAS HACIENDO. TIENES TODO NUESTRO APOYO!!!

GRACIAS POR DARNOS TANTAS ALEGRIAS. DIOS TE HA BENDECIDO.
FELICIDADES!
01/21/2013 | 09:21 PM
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You are amazing.
good luck with Jo-Wilfried.
With love
Aleksandra
01/21/2013 | 09:17 PM
You made it look easy! Bring on Tsonga!
01/21/2013 | 09:02 PM
Hi Roger congratulations on a great match against Raonic which I followed live on radio - wish I had been in Melbourne!

yes am sure you are right when you say how important it is to stay focused. This will surely help against Tsonga and all the way to the final!

best wishes
Mike
01/21/2013 | 08:51 PM
You have played marvelous, beautiful and clean tennis in all your matches so far! Keep it up and you will lift the trophy next Sunday! No one can beat you when you're at your best and keep your UFE at a minimum. Keep your focus and win them all! Go, Roger!!! Go for GS #18!!! Love, Cora ❤❤❤❤