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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 | 01:26 PM
By the way champ, I'm from Egypt, and tomorrow i'm going to celebrate our glorious revolution in the 25th of january. I hope i can celebrate your victory as well.
01/24/2013 | 01:20 PM
Hi champ,
I'm very proud of ur performance. You're playing astonishing tennis and showing amazing fighting spirit. I'm sure you'll never get fed up from winning. Winning is ur destiny. Come on champ get ready to show us some of your marvelous tennis.
It's yooooooooooooooooooooooours
01/24/2013 | 12:55 PM
wow Roger you really scare me! don't do that again.what an extraordinary match! you have to be 100% fit bcz its Murray now. i m looking forward to your victory,you deserve it.i'll pray for you! wish you good lock! Love you
01/24/2013 | 12:54 PM
Absolutely Amazing match to watch, Roger. Congratulation on your magnificent victory against Jo. Wishing you all the best to continue your triumph till the end. Plus success in executing your fantastic game plans and tactics to achieve a decisive victory over Andy. Stay focus and calm, dear, to fire your master class plays to sack him down.
Good luck, Roger. In RF that we trust for the marvelous class of tennis.
01/24/2013 | 12:30 PM
Okay, I hope you reading this sometimes...You better be ready in next two matches, we are much more hungry then we've been couple years ago :) There is nothing more you need to do except playing your game. We are looking forward to your 18th Grand Slam title. You can do it, you deserve it ! All the best Roger :) !
01/24/2013 | 12:21 PM
Don't forget BBC 2 tomorrow - 8.30 am!
01/24/2013 | 12:05 PM
Een dikke proficiat Roger dat was een triller van formaat, Tsonga was heel goed maar de U was de kampioen de beste. Doe zo verder Roger en overrompeld Andy
dan staat U nog een ander uitdaging te wachten, gewoon kalm en doen U kan dat;
Heel veel geluk Roger.
01/24/2013 | 11:27 AM
Federinho dearest, I'm looking forward to watching you tomorrow 6am here! No problems! Enjoy your game, keep focused and show us your greatness. Will be cheering and supporting you. Send Andy home, ok? Love
01/24/2013 | 11:18 AM
Wow Roger my heart is still going rattatat you were amazing but so was Tsonga it was touch and go for a while.
I wish you could do better on you break points you have so many and just cant convert them you need to find a way as you wont get many chances with Murray.
You are still the greatest ever and if you play your best you will beat him.Hope you have rested well and got no pain good luck. you are my hero love always Helen xxxxxxxx
01/24/2013 | 10:23 AM
WOW!! Roger, what a match!
I was able to listen to the commentary on my computer, almost as good as watching the game, but not quite the same. It was brilliant, especially as the best man won.
Just count it as a practice match before you meet Murray. Please show him who is the Boss. Bon Chance Mon Brave.
Love as always to you and your girls