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 night.”
It was a fired up and feisty Federer who won through to the semifinals after he came under pressure from a rejuvenated and in form Tsonga. Federer lost the first two sets of his tournament and did not look happy on court. He was uncharacteristically animated and vocal when he was able to get ahead on the tough points or close out a tight set.
The win extends Federer’s record for consecutive Australian Open semifinal appearances to ten. If he is successful on Friday night and wins his 18th Grand Slam title on Sunday he will equal Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in 4th place for the most major singl...