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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 | 08:45 PM
Dear Roger,
So pleased you were able to come through against Jo. Wonderful tennis from both of you. If you've recovered well it may be good to have a tougher match going into the semi's, you'll be tested & take some extra confidence into your next match.

As always, we'll be cheering for you tonight! Will enjoy watching, especially when you come away with the win & even up that head-to-head tally with Andy!

May all the luck, lines, winners, aces, good movement & momentum be yours!
01/24/2013 | 08:44 PM
Great match, you were oustanding, and yes maybe you could win in 3.4 sets, maybe you could lose. But In the end you won and you are in semifinals.
Keep in , go and win
You deserve onother Major
All our love from Uruguay
01/24/2013 | 08:27 PM
great match, you were oustanding, an d yes maybe you coulwin in 3.4 o maybe you coul lose. In the end you won and you are in semifinals.}Keep in , go and win}
You deserve onother Major
All our love from Uruguay
01/24/2013 | 08:06 PM
Hi Rog, It's early morning there, and you may just read some of your mail!?. Wishing you a great match against Andy Murray, give him all you've got!. All your best serves, make him run!, wishing you all the best.Take care.
01/24/2013 | 07:53 PM
A thrilling match, suffering, taking a breathe after the tie break, Tsonga did not give up, agood match to prepare SF, keep focuse and try to play like Tsonga did, into the extreme corner, hope serve will be ok, you can
01/24/2013 | 07:42 PM
Ps contro tsonga sei stato un grande maestro. You are perfect!!!
01/24/2013 | 07:40 PM
Roger in bocca al lupo (good luck)!!!! Batti Andy e disintegra Novak in finale!!!!
01/24/2013 | 07:20 PM
Roger if you could win so decicively over Tsonga you can do the same when you eventually get to Djokovic. I would give the world and all to see you defeat this man. All your fans will be thinking and praying for you all the way. Just keep remembering that you are the best of the best and you will have no problem. GO ROGER!!!!
01/24/2013 | 07:03 PM
What a match, champ!
You played your heart out--
I agree with Brad Gilbert about enjoying
your problem-solving skills to take the match.
I'll be cheering you on again tonight--3 a.m. on
my sofa in Vermont, the Switzerland of the USA!
Love from Marilyn
01/24/2013 | 06:49 PM
May you play your best in 12+ hours time Roger. Hope you've come out of the Tsonga match intact physically and mentally, raring to go and tonk Andy off the court. May all the net cords go your way and your challenges be correct. Keep cool and focussed and win. Love you lots. GO ROGER!!!