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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 | 07:53 AM
Great pulsating match.. Take some deserved rest.. Recover fully..
Pl finish off murray in quicker time, not like ur prev round match..
Go Fed, just two to go..
18th GS is all ours..
01/24/2013 | 06:45 AM
marvellous roger.....!! that was your high electric power against tsonga a great match............the whole world is telling that you are back i8n your sweet form again and you know that too............so good luck against murray we all know you will beat him not like tsonga a bit easier........so all the best see you there love you laways//...............!!!
01/24/2013 | 06:33 AM
Very good roger go ahead wishing best next match
01/24/2013 | 06:33 AM
Very good roger go ahead wishing best next match
01/24/2013 | 06:30 AM
Congratz on the win roger!! get some rest and i'm sure that you'll be able to beat murray!! best of luck!!
01/24/2013 | 06:21 AM
Roger you will beat Murray,the surface is perfect for you.the olympic loss on grass to Murray means nothing,different surface,different crowd support.The crowd in Melbourne will be for you,As you are not only the perfect tennis player.But you are the Perfect Sportsman,and Gentleman.
That Final is waiting for you.Keep that Awesome Backhand working.
You Are the Best.Perfect surface.Perfect crowd.Perfect Player.GO ROGER.G.O.A.T
01/24/2013 | 05:50 AM

01/24/2013 | 05:42 AM
great match. you have been amazing with pink laces. COME ON. AUSSIE 2013 YOURS.
01/24/2013 | 05:36 AM
hello roger...we are watching from chicago...you look fit as fiddle....stay positive and relax...best wishes...amy, dan and porter
01/24/2013 | 04:59 AM
I think your backhand down the line did the damage for tsonga