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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 | 11:52 PM
Dear Roger, what matches you are playing, again, again! Although some commentators try to paint a picture of you being a "sounding board" to teach the younger generation, these misguided people forget that you are a fully competitive player! And though the hopeful players can learn, you also learn, and add to your repertoire! Beautiful, astounding, and even a somwhat playful game! Bravo! And again, watch for charming but crafty Jo-Willy! You know the drill! Congrats again, and thanks for thrills
01/21/2013 | 11:52 PM
Dear Roger, what matches you are playing, again, again! Although some commentators try to paint a picture of you being a "sounding board" to teach the younger generation, these misguided people forget that you are a fully competitive player! And though the hopeful players can learn, you also learn, and add to your repertoire! Beautiful, astounding, and even a somwhat playful game! Bravo! And again, watch for charming but crafty Jo-Willy! You know the drill! Congrats again, and thanks for thrills
01/21/2013 | 11:36 PM
That was an awsome match O GREAT ONE keep that up and the trophy is yours Be lucky and stay well x
01/21/2013 | 11:29 PM
Amazing Roger. Did'nt see the match Was working,but logged into slamtracker.Will watch the highlights Tonight The Tennis Gods are beside you all the way.Tsonga will be another step to even more greatness. My birthday is on the 27th Sunday.And Roger Federer Lifting his 18th grand slam title would be the best present ever.
That 18TH Slam is waiting for you Sunday.Go ROGER.
01/21/2013 | 11:20 PM
Good luckin the quarter final Roger!
01/21/2013 | 11:06 PM
Woooooo Hoooooo Roger.. yet another GS quarter final... I am so proud of you.. Unfortunately, I was at work so couldn't watch your match.... but hope to be there at the week-end watching you in the final... It is simply amazing what you are continuing to achieve, week after week, year after year.. AWESOME, utterly AWESOME. Keep it up!!
01/21/2013 | 10:47 PM
Congratulations Roger for your 35th Quarters in Grand Slam, beautiful match!!!
01/21/2013 | 10:47 PM
Brilliant Roger. Enjoyed watching the match and seeing you play so well. Good luck against Tsonga. Love, Liz x
01/21/2013 | 10:39 PM
Congratulations Roger!
01/21/2013 | 10:39 PM
Great game Roger.U were focused until part of the first game in 3rdset.
When you were ahead on raonics serve you got upset when he made a play
Then missed the next point. STAY focused! Even if u r ahead2 sets play like ur down
That number of sets and stay calm and focused. Do not Tsonga's antics bother u.
His jumping around and such. Don't let the crowds other u either AND if u need to
Keep wearing ur lucky t shirt. Gor over all the way to the trophy!