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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 | 08:46 AM
Dearest Roger,
Congratulations for winning this tough fought match. I hope your back is ok.
Best of luck for the next, against Nadal. I will keep my fingers crossed so that your back will hold up.
I really don't like this draw you have got. It's ridiculous.
03/14/2013 | 08:45 AM
Bravo Roger ! bravo!!!!! I wish you all the best for the next match!! the victory is yours !!!!! gooooooooooo roger goooooooo!!!! the troghy is waiting for you!
03/14/2013 | 08:43 AM
Congratulations.. Good luck against Rafa tomorrow.
03/14/2013 | 08:31 AM
Good luck against Rafa! I wish you a great match! Lot's of love from Istanbul-Turkey.
03/14/2013 | 08:28 AM
Loved your excellent play. Stan was strong, but no match for your inspired competence. Thank you for persisting so beautifully, Roger. KT
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