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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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03/15/2013 | 04:21 AM
Drop to nr.3 even to nr.5
03/15/2013 | 04:19 AM
Our Champ is not him self tonight, he seems very stiff, not moving well, no inspirations to fight, unfortunately, perhaps his back pain to intense, but he knows how to hide it. Still this is not Federer who have seen beaten Nadal last year. Federer is in the best form so far this tournament... too bad, wil drop down probably to nr. 3. But with tennis we never how he bounces back again. Federer is still my champ
03/15/2013 | 04:19 AM
This is the end ... Injured Nadal is going to win ...
03/15/2013 | 04:17 AM
So sad to see how a big champion being humilated by a wounded knee tennis
03/15/2013 | 04:16 AM
Well, its obvious his back is in pain !
03/15/2013 | 04:16 AM
Please don't let him bagel you
03/15/2013 | 04:13 AM
As good as you have been, it's just sad to see how consistently you have been losing to any player who is better than a Davydenko. If you can't beat Nadal with a bad knee on hard court, not sure what the odds of you beating Nadal, Murray and Djoker to win a title from this point on, let alone a GS
03/15/2013 | 04:10 AM
03/15/2013 | 04:08 AM
Match result 4-6 0-6 sorry about that
03/15/2013 | 04:04 AM
No. Nadal has taken the first set 6-4.