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Roger Federer rallies to gain semis

Updated: January 23, 2013, 10:30 AM ET
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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Four-time Australian Open winner Roger Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, looked for a while like he might join Serena Williams on the sidelines. But Federer eked out a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3 win over 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in an Australian Open quarterfinal match Wednesday that lasted 3 hours, 34 minutes.

Federer, who broke Tsonga in the fourth game of the deciding set, converted his fifth match point while serving after Tsonga ...

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