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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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01/23/2013 | 11:23 AM
My usual live link isn't working ..... Please can someone post an alternative. In the meantime I am listening on the radio and getting so nervous. IIt seems Roger is not at his best today, well so far.
01/23/2013 | 10:36 AM
Can someone post the free online link where I can watch Fed Vs Tsonga QF online,at the earliest? Thanks.
01/23/2013 | 10:16 AM
pleas avoid quarters hiccup
01/23/2013 | 09:23 AM
Good luck Roger, I have to go to work now and know that I won't be able to concentrate! Can't wait to watch your match when I get home x
01/23/2013 | 08:57 AM
I am in my chair, TV on, ready and waiting to cheer you on Roger! This will be a tough match, but you know what to do, there is a lot of magic in your racquet at the moment. I am sure you will sail through. Keep well, keep focused and enjoy yourself!
01/23/2013 | 07:58 AM
In over an hour you will be playing. May you enjoy it as usual. May be be healthy and happy as usual. Yes !
01/23/2013 | 06:10 AM
Good luck Roger!!!! Supporting you and sending you luck all the way to the finals. I know YOU CAN DO IT!!!
01/23/2013 | 06:00 AM
Best of luck today Roger. I'll be up at 4.30 a.m to watch you. Sleep is irrelevant at this point . Go out there and give it your all because we are all behind you !!!!!
01/23/2013 | 04:42 AM
Dear Roger.....eagerly awaiting your match with Tsonga though I am bit nervous knowing Tsonga's game, but nonetheless you are the master and my very best wishes are with you for today's match. God bless!!
01/23/2013 | 04:14 AM
Dear Roger, all the best luck today against Tsonga, be strong like the way you did against Raonic and the rest before. You can do it, my champ..
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