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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 | 02:11 PM
May you get the result tonight that's best for you in the long run Roger, I think you want to play Nadal to get a measure on your own level atm before you take your training break but please don't aggravate your back problem in so doing!!! Whatever happens I'll be thinking about you and praying for a good result for you. Much, much love to you, your family and team. xxxxxxx
03/14/2013 | 02:05 PM
Another great win, congratulations dear Roger, but you did keep us on tenterhooks!!!! Good luck vs Rafa. Much love as always to you and all your dear family.
03/14/2013 | 02:04 PM
Thanks Roger for your victory against Wawrinka!!!!
My best wishes for today match against Nadal!!! Please Roger....stay calm and motivated. I´m praying for your health, take care of it!!! Good luck Roger, with all my love!!! Goooo Ro!!!!!! Gooooo!!!!
03/14/2013 | 01:55 PM
Stayed up until 2am to watch the match and was so glad to see you get through. Stan's play has improved immensely in the past few months. I felt that your serve let you down in this match but sure you can get it working well before you take to the court with Nadal. Hope the back isn't playing up too much and wish you the best of luck for the rest of the tournament.
03/14/2013 | 01:46 PM
Yes it could have gone Stan's way. I'm looking forward to your next match with Nadal. Can you ask the organisers to schedule it earlier? Please!
03/14/2013 | 01:44 PM
IGNATIOUS, I watched the match online with Sky pictures and yes they switched to boring Murray. Luckily there were alternative links on the Live Score Hunter website, and could watch the remainder of the match, albeit with a foreign tongue commentary!
03/14/2013 | 01:38 PM
Best of luck..
03/14/2013 | 01:27 PM
☆ You are a great warrior, a brave and valiant, a great lion on the court, his style of play, its discernment, accuracy and perspicacity on every play makes a true champion, you always enchants with its way of conducting the game, a lion true warrior and strong. Congratulations on everything!!! Take care of yourself, rest whenever you have time, you know what it does well and brings comfort to be fine!!! Best wishes for the Quarters!!! God bless you, your family and your team!!! ☆

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03/14/2013 | 01:26 PM
Hi Roger, keep going! Beat Rafa, you can do it!!
03/14/2013 | 01:26 PM
Hi Roger, keep going! Beat Rafa, you can do it!!