Federer, Murray On Track For An Australian Open Semifinal Showdown, Will It Happen? Picks And Pans
by Sean Randall | January 22nd, 2013, 11:41 am
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For the second straight major, Roger Federer and Andy Murray are again on a semifinal collision course, this time at the Australian Open. The two seemed destined to reprise their rivalry at the US Open, but Tomas Berdych got in the way of that. Now it’s up to a pair of Frenchmen to deny what many of us are hoping to see.

Murray is on the day session against surprising Jeremy Chardy while Federer will returns to the night to face former Australian Open finalist JW Tsonga.

So to my picks…

Andy Murray v. Jeremy Chardy
The little-known Chardy has had a nice run thus far. Some would say a career run. The 25-year-old possesses a decent serve and a big forehand which he used to somehow dismantle Juan Martin Del Potro in the upset of the tournament in the fourth round.

To his credit, Chardy wasn’t done beating the steady Italian veteran Andreas Seppi to reach the quarterfinals. And now he gets two-time Australian Open finalist Murray. And that’s where it ends.

:We grew up around the same time in juniors,” Murray said of his opponent. “Know each other pretty well. The Cincinnati match was disappointing from my side. I normally play quite well against him. But he’s playing good tennis. I mean, he’s had some big wins this week. He serves well. He’s very aggressive off his forehand. His backhand is his weaker side, for sure. He hits a lot of slice, doesn’t come over it too much. He likes to come forward. He can be erratic. But when his game is on, like it’s been the last few rounds, he’s a very tough player to play because he doesn’t give you too much rhythm. And, yeah, he really goes for it.”

Chardy did beat Murray last summer in Cincinnati, but that was after the Scot had a grueling stretch in which he lost to Federer in the Wimbledon final and then won the Olympic gold. So I’ll chalk that loss up to pure exhaustion. It doesn’t count. Sort of.

That win, though, should help Jeremy a little in the mental department, but Murray did beat him in the four earlier meetings pretty easily. And that’s what will happen here. Murray’s too strong right now and coach Lendl won’t let him slip up to a chum like Chardy. Not again.

Murray, though, hasn’t really played anyone worth a lick, so it’s hard to gauge where his game is at. Unfortunately, we probably won’t fully know the answer to that until the semifinals.
The Pick: Murray in three

JW Tsonga v. Roger Federer
This one should be fun! Federer has the big edge in this series leading 9-3. Tsonga did get him twice when Federer choked a 5-1 third set lead in Canada in 2009 and then that two-set collapse at 2011 Wimbledon. Tsonga, of course, plays well at the Australian Open, the site of his lone Grand Slam final back in 2008. And we know what happens when he redlines.

But last year Tsonga was a dud against Top 10 players and even though he beat up on countryman and No. 10 Richard Gasquet, I don’t think he’s where he needs to be mentally to beat the upper crust. Not even with new coach Roger Rasheed. Not yet, at least.

Meanwhile, Federer has been super sharp in this his first event. Remarkably, he hasn’t dropped serve in 57 games, a mark even more impressive when you consider he’s been up against some stiff competition in Bernard Tomic and Milos Raonic in recent rounds. And he also beat Nikolay Davydenko after opening with Benoit Paire.

So we know he’s feeling good, confident and battle tested, and I think that should be enough to overcome Tsonga. If Federer can keep serving the way he has and keep Tsonga off balance and in check (don’t let him get on a run), he’ll get through. The crowd support for Roger should also help in what will be for Federer a real test.
The Pick: Federer in four

The Murray match will begin around 11pm ET with Federer at 3:30am for you nightowls. Both matches will be shown live on ESPN in addition to the Serena quarterfinal. Azarenka’s match will be on the Tennis Channel at 7pm ET.

WEDNESDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena 11:00 AM Start Time
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[1] v. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
Not Before:12:30 PM
Serena Williams (USA)[3] v. Sloane Stephens (USA)[29]
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) v. Andy Murray (GBR)[3]

Rod Laver Arena 7:30 PM Start Time
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[7] v. Roger Federer (SUI)[2]


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160 Comments for Federer, Murray On Track For An Australian Open Semifinal Showdown, Will It Happen? Picks And Pans

Brando Says:

@Tennis- X:

Kudos to you for putting a rafa and fed image for this article when one has nothing to do with this tourny!

Lol!

Regardless of what the rankings say we know who the big 2 are in the tennis community!

#Kudos to TX for keeping it real! :-)


jane Says:

Agree with your picks Sean.


M Says:

LOL, Brando. FEDAL forever!
:-)


Humble Rafa Says:

FEDAL forever!

Since I am the GOAT owner, your acronym should be NAFED not FEDAL.

Thank you.


SG1 Says:

Feel for Almagro. He was just smoking the ball for the first two sets. I went to sleep when it was 6-4, 6-4 Almagro. Woke up and found out he lost and couldn’t believe it. Don’t know if I’ve seen anyone hit a one handed back hand that well over a two set period. Heard he had three opportunities to serive it out but couldn’t. If Ferrer was in his head before, he’s his daddy now.


Humble Rafa Says:

If Ferrer was in his head before, he’s his daddy now.

Sounds very familiar. :)


mat4 Says:

@jane:

I rather see a French semi this time. Chardy won his last match against Muzza, so he is the slight favourite, and Jo has finally find a good coach, and he is ready to make a surprise. So… Tsonga in four, and Chardy in… four?


Brando Says:

@HR:

LMAO re 2.17 post!


jane Says:

“The Murray camp are unhappy about the decision of tournament officials to put Federer on for his fourth consecutive night match while the 25-year-old Scot is left to play once more in the full heat of the afternoon.”

Well I guess both players should have a chance to experience both conditions, especially considering they might meet in the semis. Perhaps they think Fed/Tsonga is more marquee, but they could have put Andy on one of the other nights perhaps? Has he not played one night yet?

I think Nole has done 2 day and 3 night.


the DA Says:

@ courtside – ”Murray complains about Federer”

That’s completely untrue. Murray isn’t quoted saying anything of the sort. His team are unhappy about the scheduling, and they have good reason to be. Federer has only played one day match and has had 5 consecutive night matches – all on the same court. Andy has had to play day matches on 2 different courts. Should they meet in the SF Fed will have the advantage of being completely familiar with the conditions.

Nice try though.


courtside Says:

The DA

OK, his team. ;-)


the DA Says:

@ jane – ”I guess both players should have a chance to experience both conditions”

Exactly. Had Delpo come through, I’m sure their match would’ve been scheduled for the night session. Nevertheless, he has been put at a slight disadvantage. I expect he’ll just deal with it and be professional.


Skeezer Says:

Well i wonder how Andy would have felt to face Davy, Tomic and Raonic instead. He is complaining? UFB.


the DA Says:

@ skeezer – no he is not complaining. There is nothing unreasonable about the points his team have made. Read the article.


skeezer Says:

DA,

So him and his team don’t see eye to eye? Sorry I don’t believe for a nano second that Murray doesn’t feel the same about the “statement” from his camp. Otherwise he would say so. Its his team! I don’t see anything wrong with him feeling that way either. It is what it is. But he needs to accept it and move on. Its not like the quality opponets are making him “suffer” in the Sun……

“and, it has to be said, is its(Fed) most popular drawcard.”

In response to complaining;

“Tiley responded, ‘Only if you look through a narrow looking glass, but you have to look at all the variables, such as broadcast requests, the opponents they have had and Federer playing Bernard Tomic last Saturday.”

And Andy has played who so far?


the DA Says:

@skeezer – you’re stating something that is categorically wrong – Andy hasn’t complained. period.

And are you saying that you’d be happy if Roger had only been scheduled for day matches so far? The point they’re making is that they would’ve liked one evening match to get accustomed to RLA under night conditions. Even Ferrer has had that privilege. Roger’s team wouldn’t have remained quiet either.

Courtside has achieved the desired effect with his/her misleading headline.


Humble Rafa Says:

Courtside,

Did you wake up wanting an ass chewing from the Arrotards? I mean, how can you say something, that may mean 0.00001% bad thing about the Arrogant One.
You will be held “accountable” by this forum, as you well know.


sienna Says:

Sometimes even skeezer is right on this site.
Au open is not wimbly which tries to alter the scheduling.
In the real world the most interesting games are scheduled prime time.

Murray against who?


Giles Says:

I suppose these are the advantages of winning 17 Grand Slams!!


Giles Says:

No Rafa and everything is lop-sided, the ridiculous draws, the scheduling …


the DA Says:

Anyway, back to the tennis. Found some unusual but interesting stats about % of games won at slams in the open era.

http://infostradalive.com/post/41192763787/analyse-this-big-4-among-11-most-dominant

Borg and Nadal are the only two players that have won at least 60% of all their games. Fed is 4th, Nole 7th and Andy 11th. Remarkable that Nole & Andy are already ahead of such prominent players as Sampras, Edberg, Becker & Wilander.


Brando Says:

Re the scheduling: in terms of fairness hands down it is BS to not have Andy playing even one mere match in the night slot. However, in terms of TV ratings then one can understand why it is as such. Unfortunately in tennis just like life : Money > fairness!


Wog boy Says:

SG1,

“Don’t know if I’ve seen anyone hit a one handed back hand that well over a two set period.”

Well I know, Stan Wawrinka over a FIVE set period just few nights ago in a case you missed that one;)


Brando Says:

@ the DA: thanks for that. Nice to see my fav rank so highly! VAMOS!


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Roger Rasheed good coach? We will talk about that next year.


skeezer Says:

“And are you saying that you’d be happy if Roger had only been scheduled for day matches so far”

Well since you mention it yeah I would have been extremely happy if Fed played day matches with Andys draw. ;)


steve-o Says:

This is ridiculous.

Is Murray a mindless stooge, who automatically agrees with whatever his team says in his name? His team is spontaneously taking the initiative to lodge a complaint with the tournament without his knowledge or consent, all on their own, huh? The buck stops anywhere but with Murray–is that what you are arguing, DA?

Your man would be far better served by you, if you simply agreed that Murray was dissatisfied and conveyed his dissatisfaction to his team, who duly proceeded to talk to the tournament management, rather than claim he had nothing to do with it and passively let his people do whatever they wanted.

He’s fully within his rights to complain, and the tournament is fully within their rights to say “we’re doing our best, don’t blame us for all the constraints we’re under.” I don’t see Murray being particularly victimized here.

The claim that there is some grand conspiracy to give Federer all night matches is ridiculous, as he played two day matches out of six last year (Del Potro, Karlovic). In 2011, he played four (Lacko, Malisse, Robredo, Wawrinka) out of six. So that theory is completely full of shit.

I don’t give a shit if Federer had to play day matches or not. He’s prepared to play seven matches under the unforgiving glare of the noonday sun if he has to. It’s part of the job. Federer has played in rain, in sun, in heat, in cold, in high wind, in no wind, during the day, at night, whenever, whatever.

If Murray wants to get used to the conditions at night, then guess what–he can practice at night. Simple solution, huh?

I didn’t realize the tournament was obligated to schedule players in such a way that they could get used to every possible permutation of court conditions.

You think a journeyman like Chardy has the luxury of requesting center court–or any court–just so he can get used to playing under certain conditions there? Don’t make me laugh!

Is Murray a pro or isn’t he? Is he a man, as all his fans so loudly insist? Then he ought to be prepared to play every match under adverse conditions.


mat4 Says:

@WB:

We have to adopt a way to know that we are joking.

I shall put two .. at the end of my sentence to show I am not serious.


jane Says:

Colin has mentioned that adage a number of times; for example:

Colin Says:
Mr Pronoun, among civilised people there is a convention of “innocent umtil proved guilty”. If all Spanish sports were using some wonder drug, we’d be looking at a huge conspiracy. Other athletes – and coaches – round the world would want some of the stuff, and do you suppose nobody would have leaked the details, whether though honest whistle-blowing or for monetary reward? Not perhaps totally impossible, but very, very improbable.
The onus of proof is on Noah… and on you!

November 21st, 2011 at 2:57 pm


jane Says:

^ apologies; wrong thread! :)


mat4 Says:

No need to apologize. You’re welcome here.

Here are some highlights of the match:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7m8db8nxkg

I watched also the highlights of their match from the masters, last year. Novak has definitely more depth when he plays well.

His defensive slices feel improved, too.


SG1 Says:

Wog Boy,

Yup. Missed the Wawa match with Djokovic. He
definitely has a dinger of a backhand. You have to admit that Almagro’s is flashier and more flamboyant though. Wawa’s is more text book (not at all a bad thing).

I was just blown away watching Almagro bully Ferrer around the court with that shot. Rarely do you see a player do that these days from the off wing.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Sorry, I just woke up and read “good coach” and thought that is not mat4. I guess it is a bit “hair of the dog” morning, put it this way I even didn’t know it is my birthday today until the girls jumped in to my bed saying “happy birthday we are taking you for a lunch.” I am going to miss Azarenka i Serena matches but not Andy’s.


Wog boy Says:

SG1,

“flashier and more flamboyant” … definitely.


mat4 Says:

Happy birthday, WB..


Nina Says:

I hope we have a Murray-Nole final. :)


mat4 Says:

@Nina:

I hope we have a Chardy-Nole final..


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Thanks, very good looking song … I am fully awake now;)


courtside Says:

Courtside has achieved the desired effect

The DA-
Good, I’m glad. Roger is NOT a complainer and that is a fact.


jane Says:

Thanks for the highlights mat4.

Happy Birthday Wog boy.


Dan Martin Says:

http://tennisabides.com – My picks are the same. I also have my women’s picks up


the DA Says:

@ steve-o – impressive rant, even if 80% of it is based on supposition. This is a media-fuelled storm in a teacup. Enjoy your guy’s match against Jo-Willy later on – hope it’s a cracker.

@ courtside – well done. Mission accomplished!


thark Says:

Let’s go Sloane – US tennis needs you to step it up tonight. I’m tired of going to clubs that admit only one lady on ladies night…


jane Says:

Azarenka is doing well against Kuz. I wasn’t sure what to expect.


the DA Says:

@ jane – the first set was of a high standard. It’s good to see Kuz competitive again.. btw, are you going the distance tonight? I hope the Serena/Sloane match is good but not to drawn out. My eyes are starting to sag after 9 nights.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Thanks


jane Says:

DA, Can’t as work tomorrow, but want to catch Andy and Chardonnay. :)

Wog boy, you’re not 79 you silly chap – what? 28? ;)


Daniel Says:

@DA interesting stats,

But I think we have to look at it considering amount of games played (similar to what IMDb uses for movies, where amount of reviews count in the rankings). If you look at Fed and Borg, Fed had played almost twice as Borg and had almost the same stats. One thing is to play 4900 games and have a 60% rate another is to play 9500 games and have 59%. o me Nadal rate is better than Borg because he played more games.

One can assume Fed rate will diminish with age. But I doubt any other player will finish close to his or Cnnors numbers. That is merit on their longevity.


jane Says:

Well Sloane was hanging in there for half the first set, but the tide has turned.


Kimmi Says:

sloane will be one to watch in the future


Kimmi Says:

serena is injured


skeezer Says:

Serena is injured, but Stevens played well up to that point Serena re injured her ankle. I still think Serena may pull this off with her experience, but its so cool to see Stevens get this far. Hope she takes this effort and makes her mark on the tour.


Kimmi Says:

its the lower back


skeezer Says:

Yep ur right kimmi…


the DA Says:

This doesn’t look good, she seems to have suffered another injury. Her dream of achieving the Grand Slam this year is dwindling.


Kimmi Says:

she couldn’t serve after she injured herself..if she can’t serve then that is bummer because that is her weapon.


skeezer Says:

^but she is playing a very young an inexperienced player….we will see ;)


Kimmi Says:

hmm, this is great opportunity for sloane. she could make the semi here.


Kimmi Says:

so much drama


jane Says:

I am pulling for Sloane here. What a coup to reach her first GS semi. How old is she again?


skeezer Says:

Jane,

Me too. But Serena is such the warrior. We’ll see. As kimmi says, “drama”.;)


jane Says:

Come on Sloane! Wow – what a win!!! :) Just 19 years. First slam semi. Good for her.


skeezer Says:

Wow wow wow , Serena out. Warned everyone about Stevens….


the DA Says:

Wow, she kept her cool. Ha..then she texts her mother. Very apropos for a 19 yr old.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

WOW! What a match! What a win! What a great women’s semis. Could the women’s game finally be settling into a hierarchy?


skeezer Says:

Kimberly,
Sharapova lookin good right now ;)


Wog boy Says:

Such a sweet girl, really happy for her and glad I made it to watch her live. Great match.


skeezer Says:

Coming up,

The boring beatdown by Murray to a wannabee. Sorry, yawn….


jane Says:

That’s what I thought DA – so her generation.

So an interesting set of women’s semis: the two likely blonde suspects, an “older” player and a noobie! :)


jane Says:

Wog boy, you were there for her breakthrough – cool!


Humble Rafa Says:

Good job Ms. Sweetie. Get ready for a beat down by Shriekapova.


volley Says:

only the beatdowns by federer of wannabees are interesting. fact.


Humble Rafa Says:

Sad commentary on TV. For other reason that both are African Americans, TV announcers are calling Serena a mentor for Ms. Sweetie.

Ms. Sweetie has stated that though she admires Serena, she is no mentor, and no idol.


jane Says:

HR, doesn’t she play shriekarenka?

skeezer, I am interested to see how Chardy plays; he played well versus Delpo so who knows!?

Nico and Stan also surprised. You never know…


Wog boy Says:

jane,

I was watching in the hotel after lunch and after first set I just decided to rush to Arena (only 15 minutes walking) and I didn’t regret, not a bit. I would kick myself if I missed this match and already had a tickets. I have to repeat, such a nice girl and great player. At least I was here to witness her breakthrough.


skeezer Says:

Love Serena the Warrior, and sorry for her injuries here. My gosh, ankle then her back in the same tourney?
She fought through it, but the 19 yr old proved her worth.
I hope this is the beginning of a great career for Stevens, and not a “the flash in the pan”. Hope you give the shriekers a scare. So nice to see a strong up and comer not havin to spew out a worthless irritating noises of the highest shriekness!!


skeezer Says:

@volley
As I knew a long time ago, u are a closet Fed hater, nothing new there.

——-

HR,

Careful with the thin line racist comments…..they are duly noted.


Humble Rafa Says:

HR,

Careful with the thin line racist comments…..they are duly noted.

There is nothing racist there.

Big Lady’s words from Big Lady’s mouth.

How did you the two of you become friendly, anyway?

“I saw her in the locker room. She was another black girl.”

http://deadspin.com/5978136/can-anyone-think-of-another-reason-sloane-stephens-is-considered-serena-williamss-protege


skeezer Says:

HR,

No, trying to “skate” with some other comments is bogus, YOU posted it.


skeezer Says:

Meanwhile,

Murray up 2-0, OMG, who woulda thought?


jane Says:

If Chardy is trying to drag Murray in with slices it is not going to work; he’s not Delpo.


volley Says:

skeezer: and you hate berdych, rafa & andy. no secrets here.


the DA Says:

@jane – yes, that’s not getting the job done. Andy looks more proactive than his previous matches – thank goodness.


jane Says:

^ Yeah he seems gung-ho to conserve energy.


skeezer Says:

volley,

Oh sure , project back with the hate, so feminist. I don’t hate any player, but u are a closet hater, and your posts have proven it. Btw, why so emotive, remember your mantra? Hehe…

——

Murray up 4-2, and I see shade on both back courts to rest in, you know, from the sunny stuff.


Wog boy Says:

Weather is perfect, 22 degrees with nice cold breeze.


jane Says:

It’s turned into quite a competitive set. Murray’s first serve has taken a wee holiday.


the DA Says:

Andy regressed a bit there but manages to close it out 6-4. Still lots of room for improvement. Needs to serve better.


the DA Says:

Oh, and more depth on his groundies.


courtside Says:

Skeeze
Don’t listen to those idiots. Federer is the MAN


skeezer Says:

Murray up 6-4, 2-1 up a break in the 2nd…..who would a thunk it against the hot player of Chardy quality? Errrrrrr…. Me! Sorry…


Michael Says:

I agree with Sean picks. It should be a block buster semi-final.


the DA Says:

Delpo probably thunk it too. ;)


skeezer Says:

The sun is soo hard on Murray now, its in his eyes, he is sweating way too much(notice the huge sweat bleed through on his shirt, not! ), and maybe he is getting sunburn. He is at such a disadvantage, how will he win in this beautiful sunshine? The day matches are so so hard, it is luck that his opponets are so so easy. Oh wait, 34 is scary.


jane Says:

Well Andy is definitely cruising now.

I like the simplicity of Chardy’s white Lacoste clothing.


Wog boy Says:

This is going rather quick.


Wog boy Says:

Michael,

Thanks for three cheers last night:)


the DA Says:

Break in the 3rd. Now he’s cruising.


Wog boy Says:

skeezer,

Should I ask them to give me my money back?


volley Says:

didn’t mat4 say that Chardy was the favourite?


the DA Says:

@ wog boy – are you in the RLA right now?


Colin Says:

Aided by some undeserved luck, the despicable Murray cheats his way to a three set win.


jane Says:

^ yeah and Wog boy are you staying for Fed vs. Tsonga?


Wog boy Says:

the DA,

Yes, I just walked out to check boys and girls on the other courts … and to have a drink. I will be watching Federer too, and that is it for this year. Day after tomorrow back to Sydney.


the DA Says:

Well I’m pleasantly surprised. Liked the way Andy played in the 3rd set. This win improves his record to 17 in a row v French players in slams. Hoping he’ll have a reason to make it 18 on Friday ;-P


jane Says:

Wog boy – so no Nole?!


the DA Says:

@ wog boy – lucky you. Enjoy the Fed/Tsonga match. Hope it’s a classic. Don’t forget to wear a Tricolour ;)


jane Says:

Or did you see the Berdych match?


Wog boy Says:

jane,

You missed all my posts from Nole’s match last night. I almost had heart atack during those four match points. It took me half an hour to pull myself together and walk out of RLA:)
I might go and check if there is any tickets left for tomorrow night, there is always people that return tickets for various reasons but that is big if, but will be watching it back in the hotel.

the DA,

I said to steve-o that I sm going to paint French flag on my face since Canadian one didn’t work;)


Margot Says:

That was a lot easier than expected. How did JC beat JMDP???
Andy played the best this tournament so far and moved like a dream.
Come on!


Wog boy Says:

Margot,

It is cold Rosol sindrom, He was firing left and right, back and front.


Wog boy Says:

Margot,

BTW, thanks for last night:)


Michael Says:

Wog Boy,

I am really envious of you for you are privileged to watch these matches live. I think what would make you more happy than Novak lifting the trophy coming Sunday. Have you booked for a seat to watch the final ? I too tipped Novak right from the start and what an achievement that will be when he makes it count as four. If it is a Roger Vs Novak final, I will be in a big predicament because I love them both, ofcourse Roger a shade higher.


Margot Says:

Wog boy, honey, am so excited you’re there and horribly envious too, of the sunshine as much as the tennis ;)
Just ignore the rubbish.


jane Says:

Wog boy, yeah I missed those posts. I woke up once at 2:00 am and forced myself NOT to look at scores because if I did I’d have to start watching, and then I’d be hooked on the Nole roller coaster. Oh well, generally speaking we can’t complain that his matches aren’t … er… exciting! O_O


jane Says:

Margot “How did JC beat JMDP???” I watched that match and he dragged JMDP into net a lot and passed him with a big forehand. Neither dragging Andy in, nor big forehands worked tonight. Andy had answers for both! He was too f-a-s-t. JMDP is not fast enough. Andy said he hopes Tsonga and Fed play 5 hours. But of course he does. ;)


Wog boy Says:

Michael,

I always come for QF matches since I believe you can see best of all in those matches, if I have a chance for anything extra that is bonus, but I cannot stay longer than 4-5 days due to my work commitments. I am more than happy to be able to do that, I was never to greedy, as long as Nole keep winnig:)


the DA Says:

hah…at Andy’s post-match interview he answers the question about the “controversy” over the scheduling. He said he had no problems whatsoever with the scheduling and that he would’ve put Fed/Tsonga on at night.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/australian-open-murray-post-match-070613377.html

I KNEW this was a tabloid creation. skeezer & courtside – I await your acts of contrition.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Very smart interview by Andy. Looks like he is well prepared to face Roger / Tsonga this time. Would be an interesting Semis. But whatever the players say, it’s a bit of an advantage if you have played in a night match before. Roger should take advantage of it today and in the semis if he gets through. Let’s see.


the DA Says:

Fed’s serve not firing like usual tonight. He was up a break, then Tsonga broke back.


Thangs Says:

Tsonga is the bad second serve returner on the tour. Its evident today.


the DA Says:

First set to Fed in a tiebreak. Tsonga playing well, keeping it close. Making errors at crucial moments.


Michael Says:

Roger has won the first set in a cliff hanger. There is surely a dip in his form compared to his earlier matches and his first serves are not clicking. May be the second and third sets will tell a different story. Let us wait and see.


the DA Says:

Federer’s form has definitely dipped in this match. Tsonga has blown several chances to make inroads into Roger’s service games.


Daniel Says:

Wake up to see Fed play and he is broken with 3 forehand errors when leading the match. Odd!


the DA Says:

Tsonga takes the 2nd set. Looking very solid.


Daniel Says:

Jeh Federer,

A break up and 30-0 and he lost 4 poits in a row with no more first serve.

As Nirmal said, thy always have a bad match and today is clearly not Fed’s day. He is struglin to find form, can’t play 3-4 good points in a row.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger just showed what a genius he is in 3rd set tie breaker. It would be a pity if he does not become consistent and win this match.


Michael Says:

What seperates a great player from a good player. A great player finds out a way to win even when he is playing bad as Roger is doing today. He is up two sets to one. But win is not certain. He may have to find extra gear in the fourth to make amends.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Michael, I’m not sure if Roger is playing badly. I could see the standard of Tsonga is so high in this match. When is he on with his power game it’s not that easy. I see Roger playing a very good match.


the DA Says:

Hmmm…Tsonga breaks in the 4th. 4-2.


the DA Says:

..and then gets broken back.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Tsonga is not going away. Infact he is getting better. It’s upto Roger now to provide a moment of his magic to get it done. If it goes to 5th set, it should favour Tsonga.


the DA Says:

…and Tsonga breaks again. Can he serve it out and force a 5th?


the DA Says:

Yes, we’re going to a 5th. In theory it should favour Tsonga. He does seem to more solid than usual. Maybe Roger Rasheed has done some good. High quality match.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

This might get over pretty quickly for Roger in the 5th set. Tsonga is just playing some phenomenal tennis here. Roger’s lack of power in Serve is hurting him here.


mat4 Says:

@Volley:

Yes, I did say that Chardy was the favourite. But, in tennis, juste like in life, there are always surprises..


the DA Says:

Well well, Tsonga blinks first and Fed breaks.


st4r5 Says:

4-1 for Fed now… fifth set


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger had the match in his racquet when he missed the volley.


st4r5 Says:

It is almost the finish line, 5-2 for Fed


Michael Says:

I think things are getting pretty tight. Roger is still a break up but nothing can be said for certain.


st4r5 Says:

Fed threw away match points!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I just believe Roger is giving rhythm to Tsonga now. He should just let this game go and serve out the match.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Can Roger make 1st serves when he needs them?


Michael Says:

Nirmal,
True Tsonga is playing very well not giving an easy handle to Roger. But it is evident that Roger is playing below his best. Still a break up and he is serving for the match. Let us hope he does it.


the DA Says:

It took 5 MPs but Fed wins. So close, Tsonga pushed him to the limit.


Michael Says:

Roger has done his fans proud. He has reached his 10th straight semi at the Australian Open. What an achievement !!


Giles Says:

We’re in for a cracking semi, Fed v Murray. May the best man win!


steve-o Says:

Roger Federer prevails in five sets! Somehow he managed to withstand the Tsonga Tsunami. Fantastic match, lots of aggressive, first strike tennis.

He has now made his tenth consecutive Australian Open semifinal.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Great handshake.
Great win. Murray looked amazing earlier, it will be a tough, tough win for Fed.


Brando Says:

Andy has a chance in the SF. Feds fav for me.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Interestingly Tsonga picks Andy to win the title. For me it’s tough to go beyond Novak, but Roger looks plenty good to make the finals, though Andy has equal chance. I believe a 5-set thriller is due between these to guys. Let’s see if we get one in the semis. That would be a bonus for Novak.

After few years, I could see Roger again play his reflex shots. I thought for past few years after he had back problem in 2008, he has been protecting his back on court by not playing few of his shots like low bend volley and BH flick on the run. Looks like Roger is back with his full repertoire of shots again in 2013. He is even stretching more on his BH side which he used to do more pre-2008.


Thomas Says:

So jamie, who is going to win this tournament? :P


skeezer Says:

Fed through to the another slam semi? Again? How many is that? Woohoo!

Fed should of given Tsonga a better beatdown, but his serve was off today. Better have that serve ready for Andy, who has been playing well against 8th tier players. Will Andy finally get his wish to play at night? He got his wish that Fed played a 5 setter, no complaining from him now if he wins.

Ok, so I got Fed playing and beating Davy, Tomic, Raonic, and now Tsonga. What a fabulous run ;). Life is tough at 31.


Ben Pronin Says:

I only caught the end of the 4th set and beginning of the 5th. I thought Federer could have served better (get that first serve percentage up) but he was looking good from the ground. He was able to cover a lot of court but Tsonga is ultra aggressive. Sometimes you just gotta tip your hat. But I also felt like Federer was hitting his backhand particularly well, especially against all of Tsonga’s pace. I don’t really get why Federer wanted to get into so many forehand-to-forehand rallies though. Dumb strategy against a red-lining Tsonga. But he pulled through in great fashion. Two tiebreakers and 5 sets overall and just barely over 3 hours? That’s some quick tennis.

Andy’s not really a guy who needs to be tested, but we really have no idea how well he’s actually playing. It does seem like he’s gotten over that nonsense of going through unnecessary roller coasters against lesser players, so that’s obviously a good sign for him. I don’t think Federer will be too affected physically. Hopefully he gets his serve in order. I think he should be favored, just based on how he was playing off the ground. And no matter how aggressive Murray has gotten, he’s not going to be as aggressive as Tsonga.


courtside Says:

Let’s go Roger and Novak!

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