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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 | 10:03 AM
Hi Rog, Great tennis with Stan!. But now Rafa! Good luck, it will be great to see you both on court together again, but remember he is hungry to get on, so take care!
03/14/2013 | 09:49 AM
Like the correspondent, I didn't watch the match after Stan clinched the tiebreak in the second set, thinking that Roger would pull his game together and it would be a simple win. How wrong can you get! Reading all the reports,the see-saw went on and Roger had to bring everything to beat his friend. Roger, you have a lion's heart. Rest up well, and beat Rafa now. You are the best.
03/14/2013 | 09:49 AM
Good luck tomorrow roger with nadal - stay in control and don't let him into the match. I have confidence u will out play him. Hope ur back is holding up.
03/14/2013 | 09:39 AM
It's not the first time that you lose the advantage, and then almost match. But Sten plays great this year, but had no luck.
We are accustomed to Roger's tough draw. As we got used to Andy Murray has an easy draw in every tournament, especially in Melbourne.
Best of luck, Roger.
03/14/2013 | 09:24 AM
Roger all the best for next match
03/14/2013 | 09:21 AM
Congrats, Dear! Very good, but a tough match. I hope you'll be fit and relaxed enough against Nadal. Good luck! I'll be cheering for you, Roger! Love you always, our Champ! :)
03/14/2013 | 09:15 AM
Good luck tomorrow. I had this crazy idea that you both should enter together into the court, sort of a "welcome back" to Rafa, though I think he'll loose the match.....
03/14/2013 | 09:03 AM
Dearest Rog, phew! that was a tough match in the end: Stan really took it to you - shame that you had to play each other, but I'm so glad you're through. Do hope your back is not too bad. The very, very best against Nadal, love to you always, xxxxxxxxxx
03/14/2013 | 08:53 AM
Well played, dear champ!
I agree whith LOVEFROMJAPAN, it's an awful draw!!!

Very good luck agains Rafa, I look forward to another thrilling match, as you both usually deliver.

Take good care of your back. GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
03/14/2013 | 08:53 AM
Well played, dear champ!
I agree whith LOVEFROMJAPAN, it's an awful draw!!!

Very good luck agains Rafa, I look forward to another thrilling match, as you both usually deliver.

Take good care of your back. GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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