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Through in three sets

14.03.2013 | Tennis, Starseite 1

Your correspondent gave up watching this ‘battle of the Swiss’ on a live feed from Indian Wells when Roger was 6-3 and 3-1 thinking (at 01.30 cet) that our champ was in control and all was well with the natural order of Swiss tennis. How wrong (as tennis proves again and again) can one be. Roger took Wawrinka to 5-4 in the second set and seemed to be comfortable but then he was broken to love and Wawrinka took the set 7-6(7) in fine style. Roger went on to take the 3rd set 7-5 when Warinka netted a forehand.

“Today it was extremely close again," our champ told reporters after coming good in a seesaw contest lasting two hours 20 minutes. "He usually plays me pretty good actually overall. Okay, I should maybe close it out in the second set, but he did well to stay in it. In the end, I don't know what gets me through. Maybe it's the experience or maybe I'm a bit more calm in those moments. I'm not sure. Today I think I was a little lucky to come through it in the end," added Roger.

Our champ has now set up a much anticipated quarter final clash with the Spanish whirlwind Nadal -  it will be their first meeting in 12 months when Roger beat Nadal in the semi-finals of the same tournament.

 
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03/14/2013 | 06:27 PM
Hello, Roger! I´m from Brasil and i was at Ibirapuera, São Paulo, in first day of Gillette Federer Tour. Good luck tonight!
03/14/2013 | 05:56 PM
Good luck Roger for tonight against Nadal! I hope you are feeling better and better with your back
03/14/2013 | 05:54 PM
Dear Roger, who knows what got you through, the important thing is that you were able to close it out at your second try! Although I confess I was scared for a while!
Congratulations on a hard fought win and all the best tonight against Nadal. Allez!!!!! You can do it!!!!!
03/14/2013 | 05:44 PM
Good luck Roger for tonight against Nadal! I hope you are feeling better and better with your back. Please send him back home like last year!

TOÏ TOÏ TOÏ from Basel
03/14/2013 | 05:42 PM
great match rog my love
03/14/2013 | 05:26 PM
One question for all of you, was Roger wright with what he said to the umpire?
03/14/2013 | 05:25 PM
Why is the comment not showing the last letters?
Why is it eating it up?
03/14/2013 | 05:24 PM
YES, IT IS A MATCH BETWEEN A BAD KNEE VERSUS A BAD BACK.
BUT YOU WILL PREVAIL. YOU YOURSELF SAID THAT YOU WON YOUR FIRST WIMBY WITH A LOCKED BACK. I AM SORRY THAT YOU HAVE TO SUFFER LIKE THAT, BUT YOU HAVE WHAT RAFA DOES NOT HAVE, HEART AND LOVE FOR THE GAME AND OFCOURSE GOOD GAMESMENSHIP. USE YOUR HEART, YOUR LOVE FOR THE GAME, YOUR FIRE AND HUNGER TO WIN AND YOU WILL PREVAIL.
YOU ARE THE MAESTRO, THE GOAT, THE ONE AND ONLY GENIUS AND WORLDS FAVOURITE AND DARLING.

I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEA
03/14/2013 | 05:16 PM
Best of luck Roger.
03/14/2013 | 05:04 PM
Probabilmente hai giocato meglio a Dubai contro Berdych ma è arrivata la sconfitta. Potevi chiudere in due set senza sforzo ma l'importante è il risultato finale. Non so se ti fa ancora male la schiena, ma una partita con Nadal il tuo avversario di sempre potrebbe darti maggiori motivazioni. Dopo aver vinto tutto è normale che ci sia un calo di tensione, ma quando il talento è infinito come il tuo basta poco per ritrovare il tuo miglior gioco. In bocca al lupo per i quarti.