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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 | 02:31 AM
Mr. Federer:

You can beat anyone still. But you'd better find way to beat yourself first and build strong confidece really.

Thank you for your performence always.
03/15/2013 | 02:23 AM
Maestro,

JUST 2 WISH U THE BEST in 2day's match! I kno U ll WIN!!!!!

I m still awake waiting 2 c U rout the 'wrestler'.

Yoz foreva,

Ticha,
London, United Kingdom
03/15/2013 | 02:19 AM
Dear Roger,
Don't have chance to watch your match, wish you lucky. You are the best.Love you.
03/15/2013 | 01:53 AM
Good luck Roger I´ll be rooting for you as always!!!
03/15/2013 | 01:42 AM
Roger attack nadal backhand and construct point from their!
03/15/2013 | 01:35 AM
Berdych ...... zzz
03/15/2013 | 01:33 AM
Berych, Too tired to stay up I think but real want to watch Roger ..... Anyone with an online link where I will be able to access a recording? Cheers
03/15/2013 | 01:20 AM
After Nadal Roger's next opponent will be Berych ...... He has just beaten Anderson in two sets.
03/15/2013 | 01:04 AM
Come on Roger you can do it!! All the way. You can beat Nadal. Believe. Go Roger!!!
03/15/2013 | 01:01 AM
Hey Champ, hope you are feeling better today. You have a big match and be well prepared before you step in. If you feel you are not fully fit, just withdraw. I know it's tough, since you hardly done it (maybe twice in your career). But it's important today. Nadal is well motivated and wants to prove he can beat you here. He would've lost to Gulbis if he's not confident enough. As usual, he's playing safe with "knee sometimes good, sometimes bad" trick. But if you're not ready, just withdraw...