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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 | 03:08 PM
Great match Roger! Every minute on the net it's o big challenge for your life in tennis!
Come on and beat your friend Nadal!
GO ROGER!
You can win this tournament!
03/14/2013 | 02:58 PM
dear rog, so proud to be a fan watching your gritty performance vs a very game stan! sending wishes for you to be feeling good, finding your relaxed intensity, using your variety and most of all, showing your brave suisse heart! with you all the way as you take on your great rival rafa. COME ON ROGER!
03/14/2013 | 02:57 PM
Dear Roger
I won't be able to watch your match tomorrow morning (my time). I'm sorry because of that, but I hope you'll manage to win! Hope you are healthy and fit enough for the next match! I hope we'll celebrate after it!!
Wish you all the best and good luck dearest Roger!
Go, Roger, goooooooooooooooooooo!
Love, Mimi
03/14/2013 | 02:43 PM
Sorry, i wanted to say: ROGER BEAT NADAL, YOU HAVE THE WEAPONS!!!
03/14/2013 | 02:42 PM
ALL THE BEST TO YOU CHAMP!
WE KNOW YOU CAN BEAT HIM AND SHOW HIM WHO IS THE MAESTRO !
HOPE YOUR BACK IS FEELING RIGHT AND JUST PUT IN PLACE YOUR SHARPSHOOTING AND YOUR STYLE, OF COURSE...
LOVE YA!
03/14/2013 | 02:42 PM
Cogratulations dearest Roger!!!

You know who to beat Nadal, like I.W. 2012 Semi final.

Go, Roger Go....Just do it.

Bet Nadal!!!!

Very success in your match, hope you are well and focus!!!
03/14/2013 | 02:41 PM
such a scary match, i'm so glad you are through!
cmon Roger!! Keep marching on champ.
We love you and believe in you !! :)
03/14/2013 | 02:35 PM
Congratulations, You looked bit worried, to be honest, you didn't play your normal game, I hope your back is not bothering you. Please make a stragey to over come unforced errors to gain crucial points,take enough time between the serve and don't rush to maintain consistency
Rafa was agressive today as usual,but his game was not at the top,don't get distracted by his body language, play your normal game with confidence,you will beat him. Wish you all the best
03/14/2013 | 02:27 PM
SECOND SET, SO CLOSE TO THE VICTORY AND HOW QUICK IT CAN CHANGE, CAREFULL, THIS LAST POINT, YOU WANTED TO DO IT QUICKLY, AS SOON AS YOU WERE MORE CALM, YOU COULD JUST DO IT. NADAL WILL PLAY ON YOUR BACKHAND AND LET YOU RUN, TRY TO AVOID THESE TWO POINTS, NADAL THIKNKS THAT A BALL IS NEVER LOST, YOU CAN DO IT AS WELL, COME ON.
FANTASTIC TO WATCH YOU PLAYING
03/14/2013 | 02:18 PM
a good recuperation for the match against nadal, you know how it will play ... always on your backhand. we must anticipate the blow. firm is playing safely roger, confident and accurate without giving him chances ... not commit silly mistakes and stay focused ... god bless roger