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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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01/25/2013 | 12:56 PM
Just an aside ..... I think Roger has put weight on around his abdomen .....
01/25/2013 | 12:50 PM
***KEMNA **

strange talking lol
01/25/2013 | 12:44 PM
Don't worry guys, Roger is trying. If he loses, we will be back at Wimby.
You guys all know Novak and Andy's draw and Roger's draw.

Love you Roger no matter a win or a lose. Your fan, Kemna
01/25/2013 | 12:42 PM
01/25/2013 | 12:40 PM
All those FH missers sigh
01/25/2013 | 12:39 PM
make it to the 5th set please!!
01/25/2013 | 12:38 PM
ADI1008, you have interpreted my comments wrongly, Roger is still playing a great match, but you have to admit, Murray is playing inspired tennis. I really want Roger to win and I want to see him lift the AO trophy for a 5th time, but there comes time you have to take your hat off to a better player on the day....
01/25/2013 | 12:38 PM
This last set just proved what I said...
01/25/2013 | 12:35 PM
Federer must be 100 percent and play his A game if he wants or be able
to beat Djokovic or Murray that are the facts.
01/25/2013 | 12:32 PM
@CPISCEAN... Federer is not playing poorly, he is playing with much less speed an power. Murray is not playing great, IMO.