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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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01/23/2013 | 09:32 PM
And then... there were two to beat, Andy and Novak !!
Since the draw came out, EVERYBODY (except your fans) thought you would lose.
And now ... you are in the SF !!! All because of your determination, practise, good hard work, selfbelieve and love for the game.
Jo gave it his all and still you overcame by playing extremely good.
Please rest and then practise, because now I do believe you will BEAT ANDY AND NOVAK !!!
Love you forever and ever. Please don't scare your fans again with such a ma
01/23/2013 | 09:10 PM
rogers serve wasnt there today just hope his back is ok made a hard match twice as hard roger never played well but like a true champion he found a way to win murray wont hit winners like tsonga roger only has to serve well and he will beat him.
01/23/2013 | 09:04 PM
Exhausted, sore, bleary eyed and horse from shouting. That is me Roger, I can only imagine how you feel coming through that match. Up all night quietly screaming at the tv and so happy and proud that you found a way to win even when your game was challenged and at times challenging. Sometimes the most satisfying of victories. Best of luck against Murray, I am sure you will be rested, renewed and ready for the match. ALLEZ CHAMP!
01/23/2013 | 09:01 PM
Congratulations my dear Roger! I wish you the best! I love you ♥
01/23/2013 | 08:47 PM
Oooh, that was another heart attack match but well done for coming out on top. All the best with the recovery and the next match. Most of all, enjoy yourself!
01/23/2013 | 08:47 PM

Thank you for all the lovely pictures.
01/23/2013 | 08:39 PM
Roger, nothing more than thank you, our lionhearted boy! What a match! We had no time to breathe! Thank you, Roger, and enormous congratulations. God bless you, and onwards, take this sf! And please, rest and recover well!
01/23/2013 | 08:38 PM


01/23/2013 | 08:36 PM
For all those in the UK, Roger's match against Murray is being televised on BBC 2 Live this Friday, around 8.30 am. Enjoy!!!
01/23/2013 | 08:17 PM
Hi Roger, that was a great display from you against Tsonga. Though it was tough but I'm happy u pulled through. Against Andy I known. U will win. Best of luck