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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 | 01:45 PM
well you just get better and better.Well played very few mistakes keep it up.
good luck in your next match. love always Helen xxxxxx
01/21/2013 | 01:45 PM
1-Awesome!!! \(^o^)/

Master Roger! Your genius never ceases to impress me. You are playing amazing, beautiful tennis, wow! Your service is insane so beautiful all the variations, the effects, love it, crazy about it. And your movement is unbelievable. Your game is absolutely delightful. And you play with so much intelligence.
01/21/2013 | 01:45 PM
2-You conquered with a full command! I'm keeping this smile for the whole day! I'll be in another dimension of wonder all day long, very good thing, it makes my life easier. Thank you.

You are the most handsome man in the world! Love your legs and everything about you! You are so beautiful!
01/21/2013 | 01:45 PM
3-And absolutely Stan played great I was totally on his side from before the match started, it was just one point! It was said while analyzing the match that it went, on just one misused challenge from Stan, he used all of them and if he would had one later when his shot was in when called out, he would have served for the match. The little details, there again. Hopefully he'll get it the next time, he's very close.
01/21/2013 | 01:45 PM
4-All my best wishes for the quarters enjoy. You know what to do and You Can Do It Roger! Fight! Come on!!!

You are The Greatest! I'll be cheering for you!

Take care, stay calm and keep having fun! Have a replenishing rest, sweet dreams. :)

I love you madly Roger!...
:D xoxoxoxoxoxo
01/21/2013 | 01:42 PM
Wow, wow, wow! Roger! You are so good and strong! Very few unforced errors in these matches, too. Great work! Good luck in the next match!
01/21/2013 | 01:40 PM
Strong and focused like you know.Great was your return.Keep it up.Good luck in the quarterfinal Roger.
01/21/2013 | 01:40 PM
Wow Roger! I am sure that is the most clear cut win over Raonic! You are playing beautifully and I am sure improving each match. Congratulations!
As always an amusing interview afterwards. You are always fun to listen to.
Next one is a tricky one. Tsonga is a bit of a character and can be tough to beat. I know you can do it though Roger. You are going so well. Good luck, go Rogi GO! I want yet more magic from you, I am greedy!
01/21/2013 | 01:39 PM
I was told by my family that you won great. O I am so happy so happy. Cannot wait to see highlights of your match later through comments here. So looking forward to it.
01/21/2013 | 01:37 PM
Congratulations for a brilliant match! Good Luck against Jo.
Looking forward to the match. Best wishes.
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