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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 | 08:42 PM
Dear Roger,
I got up extra early today to watch your match, and I was surely not disappointed. You were a thing of beauty. That drop shot on that one serve was incredible. Even you had to smile over that one. Can't wait for your next match. You are "SIMPLY THE BEST".
01/21/2013 | 08:31 PM
I stayed up al night for this glorious example of dominion , know how, and grace. A privilege to behold this victory, Fed! kt
01/21/2013 | 08:27 PM
Dear Roger,

A real masterclass performance! :) Good luck on Wednesday against Tsonga and I'll be cheering for you as always!!! :)

Your biggest fan,

01/21/2013 | 08:18 PM
That was real RFun!

from a very pleased RFan
01/21/2013 | 08:14 PM
Great match..Good luck for the next round.
01/21/2013 | 08:14 PM
Yes. Roger it is important to stay focused and your last two matches you have been very focused and really determined, you need to continue with this, even up against more seasoned players, Keep the fires burning ! You are playing so good!!
Good luck with. Tsonga
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01/21/2013 | 08:06 PM
Great match. Ok didn't see it but the score said it all. All the best against Tsonga! Enjoy!!!
01/21/2013 | 08:01 PM
Has been a really interesting draw for Federer.An unknown in Paire, a veteran in Davydenko, and two up and coming young men brimming with confidence.Its been the same story in all matches: straight sets wins.It all changes from the next match onwards.He has to get through Tsonga and probably Murray to reach the final where he might meet Djokovic.These are seasoned campaigners whose games Federer is familiar with and who know what it takes to take Federer out on the big stage.
01/21/2013 | 07:38 PM
Hi Roger, you played a marvellous match. I enjoyed it very much. You're the best. Good luck in the next match. Hope you win the Australian Open. And then Rotterdam ABNAMRO. Hope to see you there.
01/21/2013 | 07:36 PM
Congrats on another great win, Roger!!!!!!! You played magnificently well. You dominated on your serve, and played well on return games as well. You unforced errors count was also quite low! Keep up the great playing, Roger!! Show the world that you are #1!!!!!

Good luck,
Your #1 fan