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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 | 03:45 PM
Another great performance Roger.great match.Just play the way you have been and you will sail though i hope.You have the hardest draw against Tsonga but you have won him many times,you know how he plays he is strong,But you are stronger.Keep the faith.Love from me and all your fans in Liverpool.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
01/22/2013 | 03:19 PM
You played a wonderful match Rog, sooo clever; just biding your time, waiting for the chances and taking them. Absolutely brilliant from our champ as always. All the best against Tsonga - should be entertaining - stay sharp and focussed gorgeous man, love xxxxx
01/22/2013 | 03:05 PM
Good luck against Tsonga, Roger!

Best regards, Champ.
01/22/2013 | 02:31 PM
Bravooooooo Maestro!
Good Luck!
Way to go Champ!!!
01/22/2013 | 02:25 PM
good luck
01/22/2013 | 02:12 PM
Great match Roger you held yourself very well with hat big serve coming at you.well played.
Next match tsonga best of luck keep playing the way you are and you will be great. love always Helen xxxxx
01/22/2013 | 11:56 AM
Gd job roger. the swiss maestro comes up once again!! Get some rest for your next match and all the best to take the australian open crown!!!
01/22/2013 | 11:50 AM
congratulations Roger for this great victory! you were blast today! what a perfect game by perfect person! keep it up. next is big guy Tsonga! all the best for this match. fight hard! love you!
01/22/2013 | 11:42 AM
roger dis cannot get any better u beatin raonic in such high fashion..u have to continue such display of masterclass and peRFect tenis..u have got too many shots and a lot of talent in one body..keep up the gr8 work n keep winnin..its not so difficult to beat tsonga if u display such gr8 work.all the best champion!!!
go win it!~!!!!!
love ya
ur #1 fan 4ever..
all da best roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
01/22/2013 | 10:30 AM
Dearest Roger,
A wonderful match again! I'm so thrilled.
Congratulations on making 35 straignt GS QFs. What a number! The number is older than you. Just amazing.
Take care and best of luck against Tsonga tomorrow. May the weather and court angels be with you!