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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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01/22/2013 | 09:45 PM
And then there were three left to beat !!! Jo-Wilfried, Andy and Novak.
Don't ask me how, but I have a gut feeling you will do this.
Go Roger go, to your 18th GS and 5th AO !!!

Really love and respect you forever, your fan Kemna
01/22/2013 | 08:25 PM
Just now when I write these letters, I hope you have a good sleep Roger. And I am thinking you have to beat three strong players to win another GS. One is Tsonga, another is probably Murray and finaly probably Djokovic. God bless you. GOOD LUCK!!!
01/22/2013 | 08:13 PM
Congratu;ations, Roger. Your patience paid off in waiting for the errors to fly off Raonic's racket. He was no match for you and has a lot to learn. Looking forward to tomorrow when you play Jo-Wilfrid. Keep focused and get to the semis so you can thrash Murray!
01/22/2013 | 07:55 PM
Hola Roger!!!
Que gran juego. Solo para que sepan quien es Su Majestad.
Ahora a disfrutar con Jo y vamos por el 18" Gran Slam.
Te queremos
01/22/2013 | 07:07 PM
A master class, you could stay focused the whole watch, serving amazing and just did rest fantastic with just nearly no unforced errors, the best tennis, thank you so much, like Stan, supporters and fans are with you, you can
01/22/2013 | 06:59 PM
Stay with it, Roger. You deserve to win. x
01/22/2013 | 06:23 PM
Wonderful match, Roger. Keep up that good form!
from your #1 fan in Vermont, the Switzerland of the USA,
01/22/2013 | 05:18 PM
Excellent match, beautifully executed! Best of luck against Tsonga.
01/22/2013 | 04:48 PM
All the best Roger against Tsonga, you are the better player you are going to win.
I´ll be cheering for you early in the morning.Good luck!!!
01/22/2013 | 04:09 PM
Really smart tactics against Milos, please be as sharp and clever against J-W later on. All the best of play and luck to you, hope he isn't up for it and that you come through in 3. Lots of love as ever, will be watching and cheering. GO ROGER!! xxxxxx