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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 | 06:41 PM
wana see 10-10 against murray he doesn,t deserve to have lead...
cheeta roger sada , zindabad , shazada, pappu , ummmmmah :*
01/24/2013 | 06:33 PM
Dearest Roger,
Wishing you all the very best against Murray. You know how to beat him. Be aggressive and show him who is the master. Hoping to seeing you in the final and winning your 18th Grand Slam inshallah.

My prayers are always with you champ. Goooooo for it Roger.

All my love and kisses,
01/24/2013 | 05:37 PM
My dearest Roger,
Thank you for your wins so far, at the AO open-2013. Please play well and beat Murray. You can and will do it. Watchwords are Patience, Courage and Self belief. Donot let anything disturb you. May you raise aloft the AO trophy-2013. May God bless you no end. All the best. We all your fans are behind you, supporting you. God speed.
Thanking you,
Yours lovingly,
01/24/2013 | 05:24 PM
come oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon roger plz win dis 1 n da nxt 1 toooooo..plz plz win roger!!!!!!!!!!
all the best...
cmon!!!!!cmon!!!!u gotta win it champion!!!!!
01/24/2013 | 05:22 PM
prayin really very hard for u to clear da nxt 2 matches roger..u can definitely beat murray.u gotta play like u did n 4th rnd.all the best champion!!!!! go go go go go go go go go go go go win it federer..all the best..give all u have got champion n show what actually 'THE ROGER FEDERER' is dude!!!
all the best roger!!!!
love ya
your #1 fan forever
cant stop prayin for u to win it baby!!!!!
01/24/2013 | 05:11 PM
All the best for the semifinals. Rooting and praying for you all the way to the finals and lift the Trophy. May God Bless you.
01/24/2013 | 05:04 PM
Hope to see you in Final pleaseeeee
I love you
01/24/2013 | 05:01 PM
Dearest Roger,
Best of luck against Andy tomorrow!
Show us your speedy, beautiful tennis once again.
May tennis gods and angels lead you to the victory!
01/24/2013 | 04:12 PM
I would like to see that match again, now I know the result! I could then enjoy it!
I believed Roger could do it, but it was hard to keep calm. The way he came out on the fifth set I knew then he would win! He had worked into his very best game. So much for not being able to cope with 5 sets anymore! I am hoping the experience has done Roger good and he will be into his top game right from the go against Andy. Come on Roger, you can do it. Wishing you more luck than you had against Jo-Willy"
01/24/2013 | 04:03 PM
keep doing this well Roger. We will always stand by you and pray for the best. Let rock n feel the beat. Love you!