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Roger in semis after |five-set thriller

23.01.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 1

A challenging, thrilling, brilliant shot making, cliff hanger of a match that saw our Roger come through 7-6,4-6,7-6,3-6,6-3.  "The whole match was tough. Any set could have gone either way," he said. "You never know what Jo's going to come up with. It was a pleasure to come through.I felt like I played some great tennis but Jo played great tennis too." There were times when Roger was imperious and times when Tsonga’s shot making made our champ look pedestrian. Tsonga had unleashed a series of brilliant shots to level the match at 2 sets all. He made 17 winners to Roger’s 7 in the 4th set to take it in style and set up a thrilling finish. In the end Roger’s experience, but even more his court craft, brought our champ through to a hard earned victory. The match was a stunner with no quarter given on either side – it took Roger 4 match points to close out Tsonga and win the final set 6-3 with a superb overhead smash at the 5th attempt. Our champ had been composure personified in this set and took the decisive break at 2-1 to set up an advantage he did not relinquish. This is Roger’s 10th straight semi-final in the Australian Open in his bid for an 24th Grand Slam final.

Roger has now set up the possibility of an electrifying semi-final match against the Scot Andy Murray – at the moment Murray leads 10-9 in career head to head matches.

 
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01/24/2013 | 11:10 PM
Roger you showed such grit and fighting spirit against Tsonga. I want you to do the same thing against Murray. I know you can do it ! Just believe in yourself like we all believe in you. Wishing you all the best today and always. We are here with you every step of the way. Allez Roger !!!!!!
01/24/2013 | 10:41 PM
Go Roger
Focused no matter what roger
Do not let anything bother just be concerned with serving well
Low unforced errors and winning beating Murray.
01/24/2013 | 10:41 PM
I have not seen your mach this season, but I eager to see your winning fantastic smile! Congratulaions! Roger~ still love you^^
01/24/2013 | 09:23 PM
Congratulations on a dramatic nail biting win. Absolutely amazing match. It was "how to win a match, when one's serve is not firing on all cylinders." The level of play was outstanding from both you and Tsonga. He was really out on court playing his best. Your tenacious efforts, composure and and brilliant shot making was, in the end...shunning.

This match should fine tune you for the task ahead with Murray.

Best of luck in your match against Murray in the semi-finals.

With you always.
01/24/2013 | 09:18 PM
Go on Roger, you can win these grand slam. Just stay focused and work hard and you will win against murray. Good luck!
01/24/2013 | 09:17 PM
I was surprised how nervous Roger was in QF. For a man who has been there 40 times it looked wierd. For me this is Rogers weakest point of his game. If everithing else is close to peRFect this could be improved. The amount of preassure he puts on himself. Some mistakes were just ridiculous. Roger should find something to lighten that bourden while playing very important and mentally demanding points. Just have some routine or do something. Big matches from win position were lost because of it.
01/24/2013 | 09:10 PM
I'm beginning to get nervous! Remember UK people that the match is being shown live on BBC2 tomorrow morning at 8..30 am.

For those outside the UK - http://www.streamhunter.eu/tennis-live-streaming-video.html or http://tennis.streamsite.org/live.php I suggest you bookmark them too!
01/24/2013 | 09:09 PM
I'm beginning to get nervous! Remember UK people that the match is being shown live on BBC2 tomorrow morning at 8..30 am.

Vor those outside the UK - http://www.streamhunter.eu/tennis-live-streaming-video.html or http://tennis.streamsite.org/live.php I suggest you bookmark them too!
01/24/2013 | 08:54 PM
Dear Roger

Hope your day has gone well and you are ready for your match with Andy. It will be 8.30am in Britain and I will be supporting you with every shot you make. You are playing great tennis, I wish you all the luck in the world.

"FEDERER FOR EVER"
01/24/2013 | 08:50 PM
Goood Luck Maestro!
Go Go Go Rog!
Do It Again!