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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 | 03:05 PM
Great stuff Roger...these young upstarts just don't have what it takes.Bring on Tsonga.Congrats for keeping up your consecutive quarter finals..35!!!Let's go Roger..let's go.Hopp Schwiiz..
01/21/2013 | 03:00 PM
Darling Roger
Congratulations on your latest match. You are certainly heading towards a fitting end to the tournament. Keep up the pressure and show Tsonga who is the Boss. Best of luck and love for the next round.
01/21/2013 | 02:59 PM
12 unforced errors!!
I can really see you trying hard babe:))))
01/21/2013 | 02:55 PM
Just amazing match, Roger! Thank you and big congratulations. Onwards, our boy, God bless you.
01/21/2013 | 02:50 PM
My comment is: SIMPLY PERFECT!!!! No more words to say!!!
01/21/2013 | 02:38 PM
Great! Another step to final mach. Go forward Roger!
01/21/2013 | 02:35 PM
Come on Roger fighting
I love you
01/21/2013 | 02:29 PM
Great game Roger. That's the way to show the critics there is still lots of life, energy and spirit in the GOAT. I particularly loved the interview at the end with Jim Courier - the Federe humour in action. Good luck for the quarters. Will be glued to the TV set Wednesday. From an adoring fan.
01/21/2013 | 02:29 PM
Dear Rogi,

Congratulations, you was brilliant against Raonic. Keep this form against Tsonga, too. For me you are the best! Go Rogi Go, R-GO
01/21/2013 | 02:26 PM
good luck for the next match Roger!