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Match report, pics, video highlights of Roger Federer vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Australian Open 2014

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#1 Vibhuism

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 05:42 PM

It was absolute vintage Federer as he secured his place in his 11th consecutive Quarter Final appearance at Australian Open, as he eased past the 10th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in 1 hour & 52 minutes.

 

 

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Roger Federer in his evening outfit secured his 11th successive QF appearance at Australian Open

 

 

 

The Quarter-final match vs Andy Murray will be Roger Federer's 41st appearance at the Quarter-final stage of a grand slam event & that would tie him with Jimmy Connors in terms of most QF appearances.

 

 

This was Roger Federer's 930th win on the tour & now, he is 3rd in terms of most numbers of wins in open era. Only Jimmy Connors with 1253 & Ivan Lendl 1071 wins are ahead of Roger Federer.

 

 

Set-1

 

 

Federer started the match with an easy opening service game. Amazingly, firstly, Stefan Edberg put up a towel on the camera in the players box & after that, Severin Luthi also put a black cloth on the camera to ensure their every emotion being covered on camera :).

 

 

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Severin Luthi in picture covering the camera near to the players box

 

 

Federer broke the French man's service in the very next game to get to a 2-0 lead. Federer got the break on his very first break point.

 

 

 

Federer won the next service game with two amazing drop shots to get to a 3-0 lead & it looked as if Federer had decided that his game plan is to keep mixing.

 

 

He came to the net four time in these three games, played 4 drop shots & these first three games pretty much set the tone for the match.

 

 

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The Host broadcaster camera still kept on focussing on the Federer camp with their front on camera :)

 

 

 

The next 6 games went on serve as Federer kept mixing his game & had absolutely no trouble in serving out the first set 6-3 in just 29 minutes.

 

 

Here are the first set stats -------

 

 

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Though, Federer's 1st serve % was only 50%, but he won more than 75% of those points on first serve. Another important aspect was Federer's impressive net game & Tsonga had no answers to Federer's impressive strategy & implementation

 

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Set-2

 

 

Tsonga showed tremendous grit & fight in the second set, but, how ever, Federer's service was just impeccable in the 2nd set.

 

 

Federer didn't face a single break point even in the second set. Federer's 1st break point opportunity came in the 11th game as Tsonga saved that with a huge ace on the ad court. How ever, a lucky net cord gave Federer another break point & the Swiss maestro got the break after Tsonga's backhand found the net.

 

 

Federer then served out the set in the 12th game winning the set 7-5 in 46 minutes.

 

 

2nd set stats ------

 

 

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Screenshot credit: viki_rf. Not only was Federer's service impeccable, but his net game, his winners on both the forehand & backhand side were amazing. Even, he had just 5 UE's in the 2nd & this was the most perfect set that Federer played against a Top-10 opponent in over an year.

 

 

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Federer's box after he won the 2nd set

 

 

 

Set-3

 

 

Tsonga clearly looked shell shocked at Federer's level of play. Federer got the break in the 3rd game as he broke to love & at times, it looked as if we were seeing Federer in his prime days of 2007-2008.

 

 

Federer had lost only 12 points in his 13 service games as he raced to a 4-2 lead.

 

 

The 7th game of the third set saw huge drama after Tsonga in anger thumped a ball high in to the crowd after he fell 0-40 down. Tsonga got a code violation for that.

 

 

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Picture of frustrated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during the 7th game of 3rd set

 

 

But that how ever geed up Tsonga as he managed to save those three break points & managed to make it 3-4. Tsonga had the momentum at that stage and got his first break point of the match in the 8th game, Federer managed to save it and then held his service to make it 5-3.

 

 

Federer then served out the set and the match in the 10th game on his second match point winning the set 6-4.

 

 

It took 1 hours & 52 minute for the 4 time Aus Open champion to reach his 11th successive QF at Australian Open and the end score-line read 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.

 

 

 

Here are the overall match stats -------

 

 

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Screenshot cr: Remi Bacani (Neelimer).... It was an asbsolute vintage Federer as the match stats clearly show on every aspect.

 

 

Federer's QF match will be against Andy Murray on Wednesday and Murray leads the head to head vs Federer 11-9.

 

 

This win ensures that Roger Federer assured himself of an ATP Top-8 ranking even after Australian Open & that means, Federer is assured to be in Top-8 for at least 4 more weeks (until Dubai Open) & that would mean, Federer is assured of completing 590 weeks inside Top-8 rankings. For more ranking scenarios, click here.

 

 

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 06:41 PM

Whilst waiting for play to begin, nerves were mounting as Jo Wilfred Tsonga is a strong player with a most powerful serve. I felt it would be a long and testing match, but despite battling with a picture that constantly froze, it was truly exhilarating to see Roger Federer come on court so focused and businesslike, generally holding his service games with ease, making intelligent use of the court and efficiently closing the match in 3 sets.


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Whether this is a result of input from Stefan Edberg or not, Roger really had the bit between his teeth today, coming to the net, volleying in a good number of winning shots and not dropping a service game.


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It is so encouraging to see him moving well and returning to the form of the Federer of old. He must be delighted (to put it mildly) too. Let's hope that he can now put the bad times of 2013 well and truly behind him.


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The coming rounds promise to be tougher. I sincerely hope that Roger can keep this level up, maybe sharpen the first serve accuracy and come through victorious as he has done today :)


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Posted 20 January 2014 - 07:31 PM

Federer's on court interview with Jim Courier.

 

 

Federer was asked- why he wears two socks, to this Federer replied- even my daughters ask me, "Why Papa? Probably, it makes me feel softer & better grip."

 

 

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 07:35 PM

Federer's post match presser (transcribed interview) courtesy: AusOpen ------------

 

 

Q.  Essentially the perfect match.  Do you see it the same way?
ROGER FEDERER:  Yeah, I mean, I'm very pleased.  Don't think I got broken today.  That against a great player.  So, yeah, I'm extremely happy how things went for me tonight.

I was able to play my game, offensive, mix it up, come to the net.  Yeah, I was surprised that things worked out for me.

 

Q.  Really surprised or...
ROGER FEDERER:  To a degree (smiling).  I mean, been in the quarters before.  But, you know, still this was the kind of match I was hoping to play maybe against Jo in Paris in the quarters.  I got a hiding that time.  I struggled all the way through the entire match.

Okay, it was windy and Jo was playing well.  But still, you know, I would assume that I would find my way into the match at one point and I never did.  That's maybe where I felt maybe my game is off slightly.  The hit I took in Indian Wells was more than just a slight setback.

So this is nice being back in the quarters, because I haven't been in one, you know, for two now, Wimbledon and the US Open.  So I'm back on a streak of 36, so we'll see where it goes now (smiling).

 

Q.  You came into the net 36 or 37 times, and you won about 86% of those points.  Something you discussed with your coach leading up to the match?
ROGER FEDERER:  Yeah, I mean, I'm sure you talk about it.  The question is can you then do it.  Does Jo allow you to?  Is he serving too big?  Are you going to serve and volley?  How is he returning?  It depends a little bit how the match goes.

I was hoping I could play a little bit aggressive.  So I think it worked out better than I thought it would.  You know, I was good at net.  I was consistent.  I was solid.  I was quick.  I had the right mindset.

I think the plan definitely worked out well for me tonight.

 

Q.  Do you think the big match tonight, another big one coming up Wednesday night, do you think these are the occasions where Stefan can really add something to you?
ROGER FEDERER:  Yes.  I mean, it's not going to hurt.  Yeah, it could be very helpful.  I don't know yet.  It's not Wednesday yet.  It's not Tuesday yet.  That's maybe where we'll talk about it a little bit, the Murray match.

You know, it's just a different perspective.  He did things his way back in the day.  I'm sure things were different back then.  But still you can take so many things from his experience.  I want to say maybe try out a few things that worked for him, try out a few things that he thinks would work out for me this time around.

Sure, we'll discuss it, assess it, but he's here now more for just support, making me feel comfortable, giving me right advice, prematch, post match, discussing it with Severin my coach.

We're still going through the motions a little bit here.  We're still trying to get a feel for how we want it to be exactly.  How much should we talk?  How much is too much?  He's doing really a nice job, and he was happy with my performance tonight, which makes me clearly very happy, too.

 

Q.  As the higher ranked player is Andy Murray the favorite for this match?
ROGER FEDERER:  I think we're both coming into this match with a good feeling.  We're both coming into this match, though, with some doubts slightly.  I don't know how he's feeling.  I haven't seen him play much, to be quite honest.

I didn't see anything in Doha.  I didn't see anything in Abu Dhabi.  Hardly anything here.  But what I'm hearing is that he's fine.  That's very positive.  That's what I was hoping for Andy, that when he did come back, he was 100%, not halfway, limping, not feeling great.

It's good to see he took care of his draw, and here we are again.  I'm looking forward to the match, I must say.  Yeah, I wonder how it's going to play out.  Was it here the last time we played?  That was a great match.  So I hope we both can reproduce something similar.

It will be interesting, because we had an interesting year last year with some ups and downs.  It's a good start to the season for both of us already.

 

Q.  Many years ago Peter Lundgren said to push you to the net was like throwing you in the water with sharks.  I would like to know if now you changed because of Tsonga's backhand or because of the new racquet or because of Edberg's influence?
ROGER FEDERER:  I used to serve volley against Sampras in 2001 at Wimbledon.  That was like 13 years ago, man.  It's not like I've been standing way back in the court like some clay courter.  I've always tried to come in.

I was actually coming in a lot at the beginning of my career because I didn't feel I was good enough off the baseline against the great baseliners that were still in the game in my time:  Hewitt, Ferrero, Safin, Nalbandian, Agassi.

I always felt like, God, these guys have such great backhands.  They have such an easy time finding my backhand.  I'm coming in because I don't want to rally back there.

Eventually in 2003 I probably realized I can actually also hang with them from the baseline and beat them.  That's when everything changed.  Conditions got slower.  I improved from the baseline.  My movement got solid.  I was fit.  That's then when I went on a run.

But I've always enjoyed coming to the net.  Clearly as a junior you always think twice if you want to come in or not because you're little, you're weak.  It's easy to get lobbed.

As you grow, you need someone who tells you it's actually okay to be at the net.  That's why as a junior you shouldn't care too much about your results really.  You want to play how you want to play in the future.

I'm happy I learned a lot of volleys throughout my career with all my coaches, but I think Tony Roche taught me the most when it comes to the volleys.  That was a good stretch with him, talking about the volleys.

 

Q.  The other day Novak said he thought the mental aspect of the game these days was the most difficult to overcome.  Rafa said it was the physical.  Where do you stand on that?  Obviously earlier in your career you had a lot of emotion, and then you quickly put that away.  Is the mental side the more difficult to overcome?
ROGER FEDERER:  I honestly think it depends on the player's character, doesn't it?  Me, it took me longer, the mental side.  The physical side was something I think nobody should have any regrets because everybody can work hard.  That shouldn't be an excuse, a guy not being fit or for a guy not giving everything he has, running for every ball.

Sure, at times you need to pace yourself, all that stuff.  But everybody should be able to move well, because there is no such secret, like a certain way of practice that's going to make you fast.  Everybody does it different.

Spanish do it different to the Americans.  Americans do it different to the Australians.  I don't know what the Swiss do, but we do something.  Everybody does something different when it comes to that.

Then the mental part is something that only over time do you embrace the big moments; center courts; live TV; the pressure of being that next best guy and people thinking life is easy; you're going to be world No. 1 anyway; you're going to make a lot of money.

How is that to overcome?  I think that can be very difficult for some, plus the traveling and all that, the pressure.  But for me, I don't know, it was not crazy, but it did take a toll on me because I was supposed to make a break so early.  I was supposed to become world No. 1 at some point.

At the same age, guys like Safin, Roddick, Lleyton, they all did it before me.  So sure, I was questioning myself in the process as well.

I think coaching is important in the beginning to teach you the proper technique, because if you have flaws in your technique, that's something maybe that's very hard to change down the stretch.  So I guess it depends in phases where you look at it.

 

Q.  Back to tonight's match.  Your movement was sublime.  Your execution was exemplary.  You even challenged well.
ROGER FEDERER:  Who cares, you know?

 

Q.  Did you feel the energy flowing out there tonight?
ROGER FEDERER:  Yeah, I definitely felt momentum was on my side, no doubt.  I started the match well.  Did I break first game?  I think I did.

I felt, All right, things are working for me tonight.  Let me try to run away with it in the first set.  I had some missed opportunities midway through the second set.  I think I had twice Love 30.

Thought I could have done a bit better, but Jo did well to hang around and serve well when he had to.

Yeah, so that second set was key, I thought.

Then the third, I felt like, Okay, if I can get off to a good start in the third, which I did, things were going to look good.  But with the scoring system in tennis it's just never quite safe.  I was looking all nice at 4 2, Love 40, and then here we are at 4 3, 30 40, and again I'm like, Ahhh.

You know, of course it's all turned around.  Maybe I'll be in the breaker or he'll break me again and we'll go into four sets.  Things were definitely going well for me tonight.  I'm happy I got the job done in three, because I did play for most of the match   almost the entire match.

 

Q.  Your opponent tonight from France, and America had a lot of players start the tournament but none are around.  Would you rather have strength in the draw or one or two players that could really go deep?
ROGER FEDERER:  I don't understand.  Sorry.

 

Q.  A philosophical question.  Is it better to have strength in numbers?
ROGER FEDERER:  Strength in numbers for a country?

 

Q.  Correct.
ROGER FEDERER:  What are you talking about, world No. 1 or world No. 7?  It's a bit of a change.  If it's world No. 1, I'll take world No. 1.  But the strength in numbers is great because no matter if one guy gets injured, one guy moves out because of age or retires, you have somebody else.

But clearly you want someone who is able to win tournaments, 250s, 500s, 1000s, Grand Slams.

Sure, for Davis Cup it's great to have multiple guys so you can exchange and depending on the surface you can put whomever.  But if you're talking about world No. 1, I'd probably rather have that guy.

 

Q.  You mentioned doubts about you and Andy coming into this season.  Clearly beating Tsonga like that will take away some of them.  To what extent is Wednesday's match for both of you to address that?
ROGER FEDERER:  For me personally, I've overcome it.  I don't have doubts anymore.  I know I'm going definitely in the right direction.  I've had a great off season.  I had a strong end to the year.  I couldn't have worked harder in the off season.

Then Brisbane was good.  I played singles and doubles.  Here, this is the type of win I needed.  Clearly if I lose 0 0 in the next round I'll have doubts again, but I'm going to try to not make that happen.

 

Q.  The most significant test coming up?
ROGER FEDERER:  This is a big test for me.  I don't need Murray to have a further test.  The draw is a very testing draw.  I know it's tough.  It's not easy for anybody right now at this stage of the tournament, because you don't want to have any hiccups right now.

I hope I can continue playing at a high level.  What I've shown over the last three to four months to myself is that I'm more confident, that I know I'm most likely going to play okay in my next match, which wasn't always the case midway through last year when I didn't know how I was going to feel actually during the match.

I feel like I can think ahead.  I can think tactics.  I can think many things out there.  Everything else but my body, and that's very positive.  I've overcome a lot in the last few months.

 

Q.  What does it take for anyone to beat Murray, Nadal, Djokovic in a row?
ROGER FEDERER:  Well, you need to be able to come through some matches quickly probably.  I mean, sure, you need to be mentally and physically ready for five sets, five sets, five sets, if that is the case, if you're talking about slams or Masters 1000s.

It's a tough thing to do.  Clearly you need to change your game depending on the players, because Murray plays different to Djokovic, Djokovic plays different to Rafa, and Jo and so forth.  You are always also a bit dependent on how good their form is, how good is yours.  Can you do it three or four times in a row.

It's a tough thing to do.  I don't know if it's been done before.  It's definitely a tough task.  Then again, if you don't embrace that challenge, you might as well not enter the draw.  You might as well stay at home and watch other guys battle it out.

That's what I like.  I like playing the best, for me personally.  And you need to take it to them.  You need to play aggressive against the top guys, me included.  You don't want to wait for stuff to happen.  I think that usually is good for success.

 

Q.  One of the TV commentators was saying that the new racquet was helping you for certain shots, like the return.  Do you agree?
ROGER FEDERER:  Yeah, I mean, I think so.  I did return really well tonight.  I had good timing.  I was also reading the serve well, not like other times.

Last year I had a really tough time in slower conditions against Jo.  Just couldn't get my racquet on it.  Probably I was maybe overall feeling bad.  I don't know.

But tonight things were just clicking.  It was smooth for me.  I do believe I have easier power with the racquet on the serve.  It might help me on the return, as well.  I hope it is the case.

I still need to put many more matches and hours on it, but so far so good.  It's a great start to the season with the racquet, with my body.  Everything is going really well.  I'm very happy.

 

 

 

 


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Posted 20 January 2014 - 07:43 PM

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 07:46 PM

Yet another excellent catch by a ballboy!



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Posted 20 January 2014 - 07:49 PM

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 08:09 PM

Great win! Beating Tsonga under 2 hours in a grand slam match is an excellent result. Long matches are exactly what Federer doesn't need nowadays. Now he can prepare for Murray match with a lot of energy. Let's forget about SF. Just take one match at a time and you never know what will happen.



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Posted 20 January 2014 - 08:48 PM

updated highlights ---------

 

 

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#13 Vibhuism

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 09:06 PM

Federer's day & evening outfit ----

 

 

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#14 Wendy_redRobin

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 10:18 PM

Another highlights package, this time in HD



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Posted 20 January 2014 - 10:42 PM

 a few pics Tsonga...
 
 
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Posted 20 January 2014 - 11:04 PM

To talk first about the really important things, I like Roger's evening outfit much better than the daytime one :D

 

What a joy to watch this match was.  Reminded me why I like tennis so much. Proper, all-court tennis, intelligent moves, tactics, beautiful shots etc.  Tennis will miss Roger when he does decide to retire, that's for sure.  

 

One thing I'm aware of is that his first-serve percentage wasn't that good (around 50-57% wasn't it?), and that not long ago we would have been saying he really needs to get his first serve in to stand a chance.  Now though, his game seems to have improved so much that the first serve percentage is not so important because he has enough tools to win even if it's not great. 

 

I'm cautiously predicting that a Roger with a slightly higher first serve percentage stands a very good chance of beating Murray - or anyone else for that matter - though maybe not back to back.  Allez Roger! 



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 12:36 AM

another highlights in hd ----

 

 

 


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#18 IrishFedererFan

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 06:29 PM

That was such an entertaining performance by Federer.

Really thought it was going to be a tough match.

If he keeps up this standard, i think he can win another Grand Slam.



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 09:46 PM

What a match Roger played yesterday. The variety was clearly to be seen .be it net play , drop shot, forehand , backhand , defence everything was spectacular. What this win does is most importantly clears Rogers cluttered mind. It clears the self doubts , clears the demons he had in his mind and gives him confidence,, confidence that if he wants ,he can toy with any top ten player. To me ,more than raquet or fitness he needed that confidence badly.
The most important thing we saw in yesterdays match, was defitinitely the positioning of Roger on the court.Off late i dont think roger has been often in the right position to dictate play. The geometrics of the coart which was so clear to roger was day by day getting hazy to him. The way he used to work out the points in the court was missing often. But not yesterday, he was absolutely spot on with his positioning and worked out the angles magnificiently. What strikes me even more that Rogers positioning at the net , covering the net, and his timing to move towars the net from the baseline has vastly improved after Edberg joined the ranks. Annacone though encouraged serve and volley didnt properly worked on those areas of rogers game.

Tomorrows match against Murray will be tough but i think Roger is the favourite there. Because now he has got back his confidence and Murray probably will have his doubts about his play after surgery. Murray hasnt faced any big name till now but still managed to loose a set to a lucky loser. So its advantage Federer. Lets hope for the best. All the best Roger . Go get the 18th slam.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 11:01 PM

didnt have a slight chance of  watching Roger..   :( :(

but really glad that he played great !! thanks for the pics and videos .. 

seriously now rankings have become just a numbers to me..

good luck roger against andy! :)


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