Roger Federer has defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in an exhibition match played at Bogota on Friday. Federer won the match by 7-6, 2-6, 6-3. Approximately, 14000 people were present at Bogota’s EL Campin Coliseum to watch the match and they were continuously chanting the name of Roger Federer. Their favourite player stood up to their expectations and put up a fantastic performance. This was the 13th match between these two players and Federer has won 9 of those matches.

This was the sixth exhibition match for Roger Federer on the South American tour. Out of those 6 matches, he won four and was defeated in a couple of matches. He played at three different locations i.e. Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Bogota. Wherever the matches were played, the people turned up in huge numbers. (more…)

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Roger Federer’s compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka has defeated Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters 2012. Wawrinka won the match by 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Wawrinka who is the second highest ranked Swiss player in the world was given a tough fight by Istomin. Both the players started the match quite steadily and there were no breakthroughs in the first six games of the opening set. Wawrinka managed to sneak a breakthrough in the seventh game and then, made the lead more profound by serving out the next game.  The scorecard was saying 5-3 in the favour of Wawrinka at the end of the eighth game.

Istomin held his service in the ninth game to reduce the lead to 5-4. The Uzbek youngster needed a breakthrough in the 10th game to extend the set, but, he wasn’t able to do so. Wawrinka easily served out the 10th game to seal the first set by 6-4.

In the second set, both the players broke each other’s service once in the first six games and the scores were levelled at 3-3. The next three games went with the serve and Istomin was ahead by 5-4 at the end of the ninth game. Istomin had to break Wawrinka’s service in the 10th game to win the second set and he did exactly that. He won the second set by 6-4 and came back into the match.

Both the players made a good start to the third set and held their service in the first eight games. But, in the ninth game, Wawrinka got a breakpoint and that’s what he needed. He latched on that opportunity to make the score 5-4. He didn’t lose the advantage after that and held his service in the 10th game to win the match.

In the third round, Wawrinka will play against the world no. 1 Roger Federer.

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The no. 1 tennis player in the world, Roger Federer, has defeated Mardy Fish of USA in the quarter final of the Western and Southern Open at Cincinnati. Federer won the match in the straight sets by 6-3, 7-6 (4). With this victory, Federer has moved into the semi final.  Fish, who was given the 10th seed in the competition, looked completely off-colour in the first set. However, he showed some resistance in the second set, but, Federer’s versatile game proved to be too much for him. This was the 10th match between these two players and Federer defeated Fish for the 9th time.

Federer was off to very good start in the first set. He broke Fish’s service in the opening game of the first set to take a lead of 1-0. There were no more breakthroughs in the first set till the end of the eighth game and Federer was ahead by 5-3 at the end of the eighth game. Fish had to hold his service in the 9th game to extend the set, but, the American failed in doing so and Federer won the first set by 6-3. In the second set, Fish made it hard for Federer to earn points. Both the players held their entire serves and the set went into the tie breaker. In the tie breaker, Federer got ahead by 4-2 and maintained the lead till the end of the tie breaker to win the second set by 7-6(4).

It took Federer just 87 minutes to knock Fish out of the tournament. In the semi final, Federer will play against his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka. As per Federer, he is happy that the semi final match will be played between the two Swiss players. He is pretty excited about that match and he is looking forward to it.