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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 | 05:11 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 | 05:00 PM
Unbelievable match Roger.You played awesome.Congratulations and good luck in the semifinal with Murray.Come on MAESTRO!GOD BE WITH YOU!
01/23/2013 | 04:58 PM
Good to see that you survived a long, grueling 5-set match against a top player! A wiser and more focused Roger Federer!!!
Best wishes on your semi against Andy - It's gonna be a real test, for sure. Wish you didn't have to go through TWO of the "Big four" every guldarn#%$@*%$@ Slam. No matter, this is men's Tennis today, and you're still the one to beat.

01/23/2013 | 04:57 PM
Dearest Roger,
Congratulations on reaching 10th consecutive semis at the AO! That's amazing indeed.
But it was a tough match. I was afraid I could survive to the end. Thank God, you came through it. Well done!
Take a good rest and I hope you will recover and be fit enough for SF match.
God bless you!
01/23/2013 | 04:55 PM
Congratulations, Roger! Looking forward to the game with Murray.
01/23/2013 | 04:51 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 | 04:46 PM
01/23/2013 | 04:46 PM
01/23/2013 | 04:46 PM
Muy bien Roger, sigue jugando con el corazón como hasta ahora!!!
01/23/2013 | 04:36 PM
Great match mr peRFect, too much trhilling to see it live. i'll watch the macth to night on television. good luck against Andy, have a good rest!