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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 | 07:59 PM
Oh, Rogi you almost gave me a heart attack again!
In matches like this one I feel you find new ways to kill us...but then you perform magic and reveal a billion ways to give us life!!!
The way you put ypur pieces back together and reinvented your game in the 5th is worthy of the absolute King you are!
I hope all the matches you play are against someone who plays enjoyable tennis like Jo (not a fan of Nole's game at all and Murray's boring). Good luck for the semi! We love & support u always!
01/23/2013 | 07:57 PM
What a brillant match , a real cliff hanger but Roger came through!!
Roger, you are the greatest ever!! Good luck in the semi-final! It will be another tough one I think..
01/23/2013 | 07:33 PM
simplemente extraordinario, Roger eres el mejor, excelente partido y muy emocionante.
01/23/2013 | 07:33 PM
simplemente extraordinario, Roger eres el mejor, excelente partido y muy emocionante.
01/23/2013 | 07:09 PM
Well played Roger, was a treat seeing you. Also, felt so good to personally see Mirka smiling, clapping at Rod Laver Arena---


Good luck for your S.F Match. see you on Friday. Allez...
01/23/2013 | 06:45 PM
just stunning Maestro, but I am surprised I have nails left on my fingers it was so tense. I know you can beat Murray in the semi - all love
01/23/2013 | 06:45 PM
I'm SO sleep deprived. LOL Worth EVERY MINUTE. Typical Aussie Open in the US. What a fantastic WIN. LOVED IT and love YOU. SOOOOO WELL DONE!!!!!! You RULE, Roger. Keep going. XOXOXOXOX
01/23/2013 | 06:41 PM
Well played Roger, was a treat seeing you reaching your 35th quarter-final. Just now saw the match report and highlights ---


You rock our world, Allez :).
01/23/2013 | 06:35 PM
Congratulations ROG plz do it with Mury then Nolea
I KNOW U CAN u are hero
01/23/2013 | 06:29 PM
BRILLIANT!...Roger. Up all night was nothing in relation to your inspired play! A pure privilege to watch, support, and love you. kt