Federer into semis
January 23, 2013, 16:18:57
The guy is amazing. Watching him dismantle Tomic and Raonic who were really playing great tennis was fantastic. In both cases two close sets and then the third a wipe-out as Federer worked them out. He has a brilliant tennis brain. Now h e has beaten Tsonga a very dangerous player.
Federer is not hitting the ball as hard as any of these three. He has just been better in terms of his ability to plan his game and perhaps also on some of the genius shots he comes up with. D oyou kno wth atDederersa fasted serve -a very respectable 207 kph - was matched by Serena Williams!
The best match so far has been Doks versus Warinka. Warinka should have won and Doks got out of jail three times. Warinka has a superb single handed backline down the line and cross court (Its perfection to watch - possibly the best single handed backhand in the game). Why this guy is only ranked 15 is a question. If he could play like this for the res tof the year he would be in the top 5.
Serana is out due to a back injury. Lost her rag in the third set and the american teenager Stevens took the set to go into the semi to play Azarenka. Sharapove plays Li Na in other semi
I just love watching the tennis and could even turn over to the cricket!
Well Federer recover from his 5 setter to face Murray in the semi? Murray has not had a tough route and should be in the best physical shape of the 4 semi finalists although he complains of Federer being favoured by playing cooler evening games. Oz officials o fcours edeny any favouritism but Federer i shugely popular in oz and everywhere really.
Doks was remarable against Berdych after his previous five setter. No evidence of any fatigue. He will have a tough game against the warrior Ferrer. He really has to avoid another 5 setter.
Roger Federer survived a searching examination from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win a gripping five-setter on Wednesday and set up an Australian Open semifinal against Andy Murray.
The Swiss world No 2 was pushed all the way and needed five match points before dousing seventh-seeded Tsonga to win 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3 in 3hr 34min on Rod Laver Arena.
His victory has set up a rematch of last year's Wimbledon final with third seed Murray in Friday's semifinal.
World No 1 Novak Djokovic will play Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer in the other semifinal on Thursday.
It was Federer's composure under pressure that won the day in the fifth set against the explosive Frenchman, who frequently gave the Swiss great problems with his all-court game.
Federer handled the tension of the deciding set and got a crucial break in the fourth game to take control, but was forced to five match points before he could put Tsonga away to improve his five-set record to 21-16.
"It was a tough close, for sure, the whole match was tough and any set could have gone either way," Federer said. "It's tough because you never know what Joe is going to come up with.
"I hit three great serves there in the fifth set and every time he got them back, and that's what he can do and that's why he remains dangerous throughout a match."
Federer has now reached the semifinals at the Australian Open for the 10th straight year and also extended his record number of Grand Slam semifinal appearances to 33.
The Swiss great is bidding to become only the second man to win five Australian titles behind Australian Roy Emerson, who won six in the 1960s.
Federer began well breaking Tsonga's opening service game but the Frenchman hit back with the Swiss losing his serve for the first time in the tournament.
The set went to a tiebreaker and Federer played the big points the better to go one up after 50 minutes.
The athletic Tsonga took the second set after breaking Federer in the seventh.
Both players exchanged breaks early in the third set and again it went to a tiebreaker.
Once again the world No 2 revelled on the pressure moments and took the set after a magnificent retrieve which forced Tsonga to hit out and hand Federer a two sets to one lead.
Tsonga fought back with two more service breaks to take the match into a fifth set but Federer was more consistent on the big points to get home
That a guy of 31 can still play like this after all these years is remarkable. Has Murray too much firepower for him now? Hope Federer wins one more grand slam!