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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 | 10:16 AM
Wow, what a champion. It was tough and i almost had a heart attach. Whehever I watching you Roger I feel tense and I do not take it easy when you are loosing. I thought you displyed why you are a champion Its a pleasure to have an opportunity to sitness such a technician and chapion. Well done master
01/24/2013 | 09:26 AM
Felicidades Roger!!!!
Otro gran partido.
Ahora vamos por Andy y el gran titulo. Todos tus fans alrededor del mundo te apoyamos.
Que quede claro, el cuadro que te tocó jugar, te hace, mas grande y se confirma que eres el mejor de todos los tiempos.
Te queremos
01/24/2013 | 09:11 AM
Congratulations!!! What a match!!!! thrilling since the beginning till the end, Tsonga is a good player and nice guy and both showed us great tennis last night. I wish you all the best for your next match against Murray. Beat him!!!!!! Regards from Peru. lol
01/24/2013 | 08:58 AM
Terrific veteran victory in a barrage of heavy hitting over Tsonga. All the best in the semis against Murray. Can't wait to see it!
01/24/2013 | 08:55 AM
Hi Roger!
Good luck for the match against Andy Murray on Friday. You had a great match against Tsonga.
01/24/2013 | 08:47 AM
I repeat 'A match between these two is the best advertisement for fair play and athletes enjoying the sport.Kept me on the edge of my seat.Love them both'

I agree-I love the way Jo Willy smiles continously whilst talking to himself
during his matches .
Hoping that you are able to have a well deserved rest.
Looking forward to watching another great match from you tomorrow evening--We love being courtside!
Kindest regards
Margaret--the happiest chronic RF fan
01/24/2013 | 08:37 AM
bashing.Jo is a very powerful explosive atheletic man,who, at times would not allow you to play your tennis when he played so offensively from the baseline.However, you were not to be beaten. I often feel that you do not receive enough credit for your resiliance. Congratulations on the magnificent win.
The atmosphere in the stadium was electrifying--I think that we wanted you both to win! In the end the best man won of course.
This TXT received from of your European fans last evening
01/24/2013 | 08:30 AM
What a great win and great winner.
You could make it. Bravo!! However your fight continues.
Please maintain the concentration, keep a calm feeling and your strong faith, and continue a good fight at any time.
And please enjoy your tennis.
Go. Go, Roger!
01/24/2013 | 08:20 AM
Hello Roger
What can I say to you the most graceful & gracious tennis player on and off the court. In your post match interview you spoke so well of Jo Willy and his tennis. ALSO waited for him so that you could leave together.
Roger we were fortunate to have excellent seats last evening and what a wonderful night of tennis from both of you--simply stunning/masterclass.IMO the best match thus far of the tournament, real tennis and not endless/mindless ball
01/24/2013 | 08:14 AM
excellent Roger, go ahead , wish u all the best in ur next match , I believe in u r capabilities to win the 18th grand slam .