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Flawless Federer into 35th Consecutive Australian Open Quarterfinal

2013 Australian Open - Day 8

By Jaclyn Stacey

(January 21, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, AustraliaRoger Federer won through to his 35th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal after dismissing young Canadian Milos Raonic in straight sets 6-4 7-6(4) 6-2 in 1 hour and 53 minutes on Monday night at the Australian Open.

 

The match was classic flawless Federer in truckloads, Raonic not even able to pierce the maestro with his big serve as Federer managed to get an impressive 60% of returns back into play and made only 12 unforced errors. Federer did not face one single break point on his serve for the duration of the match.

 

Federer won the first set 6-4 by breaking Raonic in the tenth game.

 

The Canadian maintained serve throughout the second set and forced a tie-break which Federer won by gaining an advantage with some stunning points and closing it out on set point with a remarkable forehand winner 7-6(4).

 

In the third set Federer steamrolled to victory, dropping just two games and continuing his mission for a fifth Australian Open title.

 

“I felt good out there. I was moving well, had good anticipation and reaction today, which was key obviously on the return. Like I said, in the third set I started to feel extremely good on the return.”

 

“I played well. I think I played tactically well tonight and was able to keep the points short on my own service games, used the 1-2 punch. That was obviously also a good thing tonight.”

 

Federer could regain the top spot in the rankings if he wins the trophy here this year and Djokovic loses before the semifinals.

 

“Most of the times you play good, you know. When you play very good, that’s rare. So just have to try to have as many good days or great days as you can, and that’s why I push hard in practice and keep myself in shape.”

 

“Tonight was a very solid night, so I’m very happy. If I can maintain such a level of play, obviously I’m happy I give myself a chance of going deep in this tournament, which is obviously the goal.”

 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s new coaching arrangement with Australian Roger Rasheed is looking to be doing good things for the Frenchman’s game and determination. On Monday Tsonga defeated countryman Richard Gasquet 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2 for a place in the quarterfinals against Federer.

 

“Yeah, of course, because he’s with me.  He’s giving me an extra motivation.  I mean, it’s great because he’s always positive.  He want maybe more than me to win.  He’s incredible.”

 

“So, you know, I try to be at his level and have exactly the same motivation because I think he can move some mountains, you know, because he’s very motivated.”

 

The Australian Open is the scene of Tsonga’s most successful run at a Grand Slam when he was runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2008.

 

Jaclyn Stacey is a Melbourne based freelance journalist covering the Australian Open tournament as media for Tennis Panorama News.  Follow her Australian Open updates on @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal twitter @JackattackAU.

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Federer Strolls Past Paire To Gain Second Round of Australian Open

 

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(January 15, 2013) No. 2 Roger Federer started his 2013 year and Australian Open campaign with an easy a 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 demolition of France’s Benoit Paire  to walk into the second round of the first major tournament of the year.

Federer broke Paire in the opening game of the match and again at 4-2 to serve and seal the set at 6-2 in 25 minutes over the 46th ranked player.

The Swiss broke early in the second set and early and often in the third set to capture the match in 83 minutes.

At times Paire seemed listless as though he wanted to leave the court as soon as possible.

Federer ended the match with forehand passing shot winner.

“I started with the early break, and then saved a few break points, and then had the lead ever since,” Federer said.

“So obviously when you’re in the lead, you feel better, you feel less pressure, you try a few things to see if those works and then you have options up your sleeve.

“I’m obviously very happy with this first‑round match, so total control.  He can be a tricky opponent, you know, but I guess his playing style doesn’t disturb me that much overall.

“I’m happy I was able to play a clean match out there today.”

Federer played aggressively winning 25 of 31 point at the net.

Federer will play the winner of the match between qualifier Dudi Sela of Israel or Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko.

“But I played Sela maybe once or twice before,” Federer said, “so I know him a little bit.  Obviously Nikolay, I know him, you know, a whole lot more.  He’s my age.  He played, I don’t know, maybe 15 times.  I played him at a time when he wasn’t also in his best streak and in his best years, really, and he was in the top 4 or top 5 for a long time.

“I played him in the semis of the Grand Slams and at the World Tour Finals when he beat me.  Then he got me again in Doha, and I played him here the following week where it was a very difficult draw for me to have and I found a way.  You always have to expect that out of Davydenko to face if I were to play him, and not the one who’s not been playing so well.

“It was two years ago I think he really struggled with his serve, but seems like he’s coming back around.  I had a very close match with him in Rotterdam last year.  Should have won in two; ended up being 4‑All, Love‑40 in the third.

“I was very close of losing.  Next thing you know, nobody talks about it.  I went on to win the tournament and nobody talks about Nikolay.

“So it’s nice to see him playing well again.  And if I do play well against him, you’re aware that he is a top player who can do a lot of damage.  I better be well prepared and play well.”

 

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News

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Australian Open Results for January 14, 2013

Rod Laver Arena

AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Melbourne, Australia

Hard/Outdoors

Results – Monday, August 27, 2012
Women’s Singles – First Round
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Olga Puchkova (RUS) 60 60

(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (WC) Bojana Bobusic (AUS) 75 60
(5) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 62 64
(6) Li Na (CHN) d. Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) 61 63
(9) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) 76(3) 63
(11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 62 64
(13) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 62 61
(15) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (WC) Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 36 60 61
(18) Julia Goerges (GER) d. (Q) Vera Dushevina (RUS) 75 26 64
(19) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (Q) Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) 62 75
(22) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 62 62
(23) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 61 62
(25) Venus Williams (USA) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 61 60
(27) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 64 62
(30) Tamira Paszek (AUT) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 46 64 75
Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) d. (32) Mona Barthel (GER) 75 26 64
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (WC) Zhang Yuxuan (CHN) 61 36 64
Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 75 67(3) 108
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Nina Bratchikova (RUS) 64 63
Heather Watson (GBR) d. Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) 26 63 62
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. Kiki Bertens (NED) 62 76(8)
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 64 62
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 26 63 62
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 46 75 62
Misaki Doi (JPN) d. Petra Martic (CRO) 63 64
Stéphanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) d. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 62 63
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) d. (WC) Sacha Jones (AUS) 63 62
(Q) Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 61 16 61
(Q) Vesna Dolonc (SRB) d. (WC) Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 57 75 86
(Q) Maria Joao Koehler (POR) d. (Q) Karin Knapp (ITA) 36 63 63
(Q) Valeria Savinykh (RUS) d. Mandy Minella (LUX) 76(4) 61
(WC) Madison Keys (USA) d. Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 64 76(0)

Men’s Singles – First Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d. P Mathieu (FRA) 62 64 75
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) d. O Rochus (BEL) 63 64 62
[5] T Berdych (CZE) d. M Russell (USA) 63 75 63
[8] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d. L Hewitt (AUS) 76(4) 75 63
[10] N Almagro (ESP) d. S Johnson (USA) 75 67(4) 62 67(8) 62
A Kuznetsov (RUS) d. [11] J Monaco (ARG) 76(3) 61 61
[15] S Wawrinka (SUI) d. C Stebe (GER) 62 64 63
[16] K Nishikori (JPN) d. V Hanescu (ROU) 67(5) 63 61 63
[20] S Querrey (USA) d. D Munoz-De La Nava (ESP) 67(2) 64 62 64
[22] F Verdasco (ESP) d. D Goffin (BEL) 63 36 46 63 64
[23] M Youzhny (RUS) d. M Ebden (AUS) 46 67(0) 62 76(4) 63 – saved 1 M.P.
[24] J Janowicz (POL) d. S Bolelli (ITA) 75 64 63
[26] J Melzer (AUT) d. M Kukushkin (KAZ) 61 61 62
[28] M Baghdatis (CYP) d. A Ramos (ESP) 67(0) 76(4) 64 36 63
[31] R Stepanek (CZE) d. V Troicki (SRB) 57 46 63 63 75
[32] J Benneteau (FRA) d. G Dimitrov (BUL) 64 62 64
T Ito (JPN) d. J Millman (AUS) 64 64 36 06 75
R Bautista Agut (ESP) d. F Fognini (ITA) 60 26 64 36 61
R Harrison (USA) d. S Giraldo (COL) 26 64 75 64
E Donskoy (RUS) d. A Ungur (ROU) 64 64 62
S Devvarman (IND) d. B Phau (GER) 63 62 63
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d. R Bemelmans (BEL) 63 67(5) 26 75 11-9
F Lopez (ESP) d. A Brugues-Davi (ESP) 63 62 64
K Anderson (RSA) d. P Lorenzi (ITA) 36 76(3) 63 64
G Rufin (FRA) d. J Reister (GER) 46 76(4) 61 62
X Malisse (BEL) d. P Andujar (ESP) 63 61 62
[LL] T Smyczek (USA) d. I Karlovic (CRO) 64 76(5) 75
B Baker (USA) d. A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) 76(4) 63 67(0) 36 62
L Lacko (SVK) d. G Muller (LUX) 62 64 76(3)
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d. L Kubot (POL) 67(4) 64 60 46 64
C Berlocq (ARG) d. M Authom (BEL) 16 76(5) 76(4) 62
T Kamke (GER) d. F Cipolla (ITA) 61 64 61

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