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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 | 02:49 AM
Dear Roger !!
How wonderful to see you play ainsi... c'est beau, c'est adorable. Merci.
Je vous souhaite toutes les chances du monde quant a votre prochain jeu. Bonne chance toujours. Toute mes prieres sont avec vous.
Je vous aime tant.. Merci encore cher Roger.
marie
01/23/2013 | 02:44 AM
HI Roger! Following you in the Australian Opens is true commitment! Haven't slept in a week! But its been worth staying up or getting @ 3am to see you play! You're looking tip top shape and beautiful as ever. You make me happy. Thanks and all the best for the quarters tonite (3.30am!) Ill be watching and can't wait!
Love Janice
01/23/2013 | 02:44 AM
I don't think you have to worry about Tsonga's game Roger as you have beaten him several times and you know just what to do and when.I hope things are going well for you in everything and I just have the feeling you are calm and collected and that is going to help you with all your matches.
01/23/2013 | 02:39 AM
Great match, Dear Champ! Keep it up, good luck against Tsonga, all your fans want to see you in the final.
01/23/2013 | 02:09 AM
Hi MAESTRO,
I have just woken up- its 01:06 here and am watching vik- kuznetsova match.
CANT wait for your match Maestro- 08/ 08:30. I now now U and Jo ar tite buddies. I love and respect that. I also kno that 2day, U ll beat him!

Go Roger go!
Ticha
01/23/2013 | 01:49 AM
good luck Roger you are the best
01/23/2013 | 12:13 AM
Hello Roger
A great win with some wonderful tennis from yourself.
Congratulations 35th consecutive GS quarter final-- you are more than a walking miracle.
I loved the way the dear little coin tosser cuddled into you following the photo shoot--he will forever treasure that photo and rightly so.

Wishing you all of the best for this evening's match.
Kindest regards
Margaret
01/22/2013 | 11:31 PM
Dear Roger
Congratulations! You played well and your opponrnt was really a tough one (because of the serve!!). I hope you are healthy and fit enough for Tsonga! All yoour opponents are rerribly tough ones!
Wish you all the best and good luck dearest Roger!
Go, Roger, gooooooooooooo!
Love, Mimi
01/22/2013 | 11:20 PM
Go Go Mr Federer! Good luck !! All the luck you need to play tsonga..you will beat him!!! Go Roger go!!!
01/22/2013 | 10:53 PM
go Roger beat Tsonga STAY FOCUSED FOCUSED
LIMIT IF ANY UNFORCED ERRORS
DONT LET TSONGA OR AUDIENCE OR CHALLANGES MAKE YOU LOOSE FOCUS
STAY ON YOUR GAME PLAY AS WELL IF NOT BETTER THEN YOU DID FOR RANOIC.GO
ROGER. WIN