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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 | 01:28 AM
it's heart attacked game
but you did it

take good rest for the next match
01/24/2013 | 01:21 AM
Dear Roger... Me and my son were up all nigth seeing you pleying this amazing match!!
Thank's God I didnt have heart attack jaja
Hope you rest well for the next match vs Murray...you have everything to beat him, talent, strategy, experience and millions of fans around the world supporting you.
From México I send you a big hug!! love youuu
01/24/2013 | 01:19 AM
Roger V Murray BBC 2 Live Friday, 8.30 am.
01/23/2013 | 11:47 PM
You were amazing today Rog, not a walk in the park but all came good in the end.
Please, please beat Murray !!!!!!!!! You so deserve to win this title AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!
Loads of Love
Christine xxxxxx
01/23/2013 | 11:15 PM
Our hearts, prayers, support are with you. Wrap up Murray and whomever is there in the final. Let this be your first trophy of the year. With many more to come. I pray.

Love you! Happy New Year! You are my hero. You inspire me. Congratulations for today! I saved a pic of you and an article from the Wall Street Journal. XO. GOOD LUCK!
01/23/2013 | 10:56 PM
Good luck in the semi final Roger!
01/23/2013 | 10:54 PM
Awesome mental strength, great play. Now beat Murray!
01/23/2013 | 10:49 PM
Brilliant match - it certainly was a thriller. Tsonga played great but you were greater. Some of your shots were outrageous - should be used to it now, but you still take my breath away! Watching you always puts a smile on my face.
Into the semifinals as I just knew you would be. Best against Murray, love to you always, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
01/23/2013 | 10:46 PM
Also, congratulations for your 10th straight semifinal in the AO......wow Ro!!!
01/23/2013 | 10:44 PM
THANKS Roger!!!! Thanks hero!!!! You fight soooo hard!!! Amazing match....although I was sooo nervous!!!
Good health, Good luck, all the best for match against Murray!!! My best wishes for you Roger.....hope we can see many of your wonderful aces this time!!! Goooo Ro!!!!