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If you can beat Roger Federer at Wimbledon, as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did in 2011, you might feel you could beat him anywhere, especially if you were returning as well as the big Frenchman did on Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday night.
But, no, Federer in 2013 is embarking on another campaign looking as sharp, as keen and as dangerous as ever and came through a big battle that got better the longer it lasted 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3.
It was Federer's 33rd appearance in a Grand Slam semifinal and the 10th consecutive year that has seen him reach the last four or better at Melbourne Park.
Even so, it was evident from the start that Federer wasn't timing the ball with quite the same sweet precision that he had against Milos Raonic and Bernard Tomic in earlier rounds. But then this was heavyweight opposition of a different caliber, a former Australian Open finalist who can disrupt anyone's rhythm with his pounding serves and athletic court coverage.
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Tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga might receive some backlash after saying women's tennis players are more emotionally unstable than their male counterparts.
Does Federer have anything to fear from Tsonga tonight?
Welcome to this live blog of the Australian Open quarterfinal between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Roger Federer. We will update about once for every two or three games as the match unfolds, possibly more often at tense moments. Keep refreshing the page and scrolling down to see updates.
Federer 1*-0: A double fault contributes...
By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 23, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Melbourne -Roger Federer progressed through to his 33rd career Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open by defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a thrilling five set encounter 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(4,) 3-6, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday night.
“It’s always special everytime you go into a fifth or every time you can play at...
On the eve of the Australian Open, Novack Djokovic was asked if he had noticed anything different about Andy Murray.
''He has a shorter haircut,'' said the five-time Grand Slam winner, smiling.
But the top-ranked Djokovic turned serious because Murray's makeover is no joking matter.
The 25-year-old player from Scotland is attempting to win a second consecutive...
As Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic tear up the courts in Melbourne, athletes thrill experts and spectators alike with their defined swings. What makes their slice so special?
For Federer’s backhand, a clockwise rotation of the arm encourages ball spin. For Murray’s serve and forehand, his ready-to-go stance coming out of his serve jumpstarts his counters. For Djokovic...
The Australian Open semifinal is a rematch of last year’s Wimbledon final.
Follow this live blog during the highly anticipated semifinal between Andy Murray and Roger Federer. The winner will battle two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic for the Australian Open title on Sunday night.
Federer and Murray shake hands after their Australian Open semifinal.
Prior to tonight, Roger Federer and Andy Murray had never met before the final stage at Grand Slam level. It’s the kind of statistic that seems revealing until it’s explained away. Really it reflects nothing more sinister than a quirk of the rankings, coupled with that species of coincidence that provides the...
By Yeshayahu Ginsburg
Andy Murray is one of the two current players on tour that have a winning record against Roger Federer. The other, obviously, is Rafael Nadal. Murray and Nadal do not play similar styles, but they do have something in common. They are both, at their very essence, counterpunchers. Yes, they have a drastically different way of doing things. But their basic goal...
Roger Federer hits the practice courts at the Australian Open
By Jesse Pentecost
Being essentially a radioactive substance, a tournament draw at a tennis event conforms to a fixed and exponential rate of decay. At Grand Slam level, each event discards precisely half its mass as charged particles every two days, although inevitably some of the particles are more charged than others...
By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 25, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia - Andy Murray ended the title hopes of Roger Federer on Friday night as he outplayed the Swiss champion in a high quality four hour five set semifinal 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2.
The win gives Murray a third tilt at the Australian Open crown when he meets world number one Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday...