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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 | 08:05 PM
Well roger, time to be pedestrian is over, now is time to play your god like tennis and stay focused the whole game. Last year you had some scares in the first three matches but then adapted and played awesome the last three matches without giving up sets. Time to repeat and make history in the dessert, always cheering best of lucks.
03/14/2013 | 08:02 PM

Not !!
03/14/2013 | 07:20 PM
GOGOGO ROGER!!!!!!!! take out rafa and have a fedtastic match. will be watching w/feddybear and gear ;)
03/14/2013 | 07:19 PM
Well done against Stan. I suspect that your back is bothering you more than we realise. I recorded your match and only got to see the first set and a bit as STUPID SKY SPORTS decided to switch to Murray! So annoying! Best of luck against Rafa x
03/14/2013 | 07:18 PM
very well done Maestro :D you've showed the fighter in you :D keep it up for the QF and hope you feel better now .. wish you best of luck and we all with you forever
love you Roger
03/14/2013 | 07:09 PM
Congratulations! Hope it's a good match tomorrow against Rafa - it will be good to see you playing again after so long. Hope you are at your best, and good luck!
03/14/2013 | 07:01 PM
You played very well Roger.Congratulations and good luck with Rafa.Come on MAESTRO!GOD BE WITH YOU!
03/14/2013 | 06:41 PM
03/14/2013 | 06:30 PM
Well done, Roger! Hope you will feel your best for the QF! Good luck! :)