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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 | 03:56 PM
I'm glad you won this match. Thanks for your brave heart and love for tennis. Good luck in match against Murray! I hope you will play your best tennis.
Cheers from Poland! : )
01/24/2013 | 03:40 PM
What a match! Delighted to see you come through in the end - best of luck against Murray!
01/24/2013 | 03:35 PM
Absolute phenomenal performance my dear Roger....
Wishing you all the very best for the upcoming Semi-Final's ....
I wish u Happy Milad-un-Nabi .... Good Luck Roger ... :)
01/24/2013 | 03:30 PM

Thank you for the brilliant, thrilling match. I never doudted your victory.

Good luck for Semi.

Love forever,
01/24/2013 | 03:13 PM
Inspiring tennis, Roger! Congratulations for the win, and to both of you for such a great spectacle!
01/24/2013 | 02:56 PM
Hi Roger what a great match against Jo Wilie - my heart was in my mouth much of the time but you retained compusure and focus especially in the 5th set.

All the best against Andy Murray - you can certainly win it and I am sure you will be very focused and calm!

best wishes
01/24/2013 | 02:50 PM
great match, great win
cant wait to see Sf. good luck.
01/24/2013 | 02:20 PM
That simply amazing!!! Keep winning Rog, the trpohy is yours!!!
01/24/2013 | 02:13 PM
Good luck against Murray tomorrow..
dear Roger.
01/24/2013 | 01:33 PM
great match
however you lost your focus a bit
and you got a little upset
just play your game
and WHY did you say murray has advantage YOU do.
Stay focused in all issues.. serve well..less unforced errors
Go Focused FED