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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 | 04:56 AM
Actually Murray leads in head to head matches against the champ and Fridays game is the chance to level the field. If you keep your focus you have a lot of chances champ. Yesterdays match was difficult but you showed great resiliance, drive and patience. You should pay the same attention to your serve as you did in the match with Raonic where you brought your god like tennis. Yesterday was your human match of the tournament, now it is time to stay focus, bring back godlike roger and title.
01/24/2013 | 04:56 AM
Well done Roger!
Next, Andy ... Roger you can beat him and you know it.
Stay focused and do not get in long rallies with him.
Best of luck.
01/24/2013 | 04:42 AM
Once again I was spellbound. Well done and all the best with Andy, Roger. I will be cheering you on. XOXOX
01/24/2013 | 04:30 AM
Mr Handsome what a match against the powerful Tsonga!! you were so cool so poised!!! now its Murray's turn. Go for it Rog you can beat him!!!!!!!!
01/24/2013 | 04:12 AM
No doubt, it was a thriller, you deserved the victory because you displayed great fighting spirit with confidence,keep it up
Please take enough rest,you need it to build up energy and make full use of your main weapon. You will beat Andy
Wish you all the best
01/24/2013 | 03:44 AM
what a fight and what a match and what a fighter you've showed you are Roger :D very well done Maestro and keep it up for the semis ,, it's tough but you have whatever it takes Maestro .. So Go For It
Good Luck Champ We all Behind You And Love You No Matter What :D
01/24/2013 | 03:32 AM
Great Match Against Tsonga.You Played Simply Brilliant.Awesome.
Next Step Murray.Murray is Strong but your grace and movement are so much better.Your Backhand is on Fire.Your Tennis Skills will Get you through to that Final. the 27th,my birthday will be complete seeing you hold that trophy.
Take out Murray,and you have one hand on the trophy.
Cant wait for the match.The True Master of Tennis on the next step to his 18th Grand Slam title. The Tennis Gods are guiding you to it.PERFECT.Go Champ.
01/24/2013 | 03:19 AM
01/24/2013 | 03:12 AM
Congratulations on an amazing match and for reaching your 10th semi in Australia! Breaking records at every turn!
Lot's of luck in the next round!!!!
01/24/2013 | 03:05 AM
Yes it was a thriller
Glad you came through
You did not fully focus in sets 2 and 4
Too meant unforced errors and double faults
Stay focused no matter what, dismiss amurray antics, the crowd, if a call does not
Go your way. Just stay focused go,roger