January 30, 2020 -- Melbourne, AUS

The defending champion proved to be too tough for Roger in his 46th major semifinal match.

 The 20-time Grand Slam winner kept the pressure on and pushed the first set to a breaker, however it just wasn't enough to beat the solid Serbian, Novak Djokovic, as he defended his title. While it was obvious Roger wasn't feeling 100% he still fought yet Djokovic won the match 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-3 and will play Dominic Thiem in the Finals. 

Despite the loss, the Swiss star becomes the 4th oldest to get to the semifinals in a Grand Slam in the Open Era. 
January 28, 2020 -- Melbourne, AUS

Roger had to fight off 7 match points and push his opponent to 5 sets to earn his spot in the 2020 Australian Open Semifinals.

In a match filled with drama, tennis, injuries and more, the 20-time Grand Slam winner leaned on experience to get through his match against American, Tennys Sandgren. Unbeaten in Australian Open Quarterfinals, he won the match 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-3.

”You’ve got to get lucky sometimes,” Roger said after his win. “I was just hoping that maybe he wasn’t going to smash a winner, if he misses one or two [match points], who knows what’s going to happen? I think I got incredibly lucky today. As the match went on, I started to feel better and just tried to play. I believe in miracles. There could be rain… Just let him finish me off in style, and he didn’t do that. I’m still standing here and obviously just very happy.”

He will face Novak Djokovic next.
January 24, 2020 Melbourne, AUS

The third round match up between 20-time Grand Slam winner and Aussie, John Millman, proved to be as good as anyone could expect! Having lost to Millman in a Grand Slam previously, Roger took the court knowing he was facing a dangerous opponent. 

While his first two matches were near-flawless, Millman pushed the Swiss Star and errors were coming a bit more frequently. Roger was able to weather the storm and capture the win once the match was pushed to a deciding 10-point tiebreaker in the final 5th set. Roger found himself down 4-8 in the breaker but played smart tennis and dug in avoiding any mistakes. He won six points in a row to take the win 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (8) after four hours of play.

Roger had 62 winners, 16 aces but also 82 unforced errors. 

“Oh God, it was tough," he said during his post-match interview. "Thank God it was a Match Tie-break, otherwise I would have lost this one. Where to start? I think John played a great match… He is a great fighter, a good guy and it came down to the wire at the end. A bit of luck maybe goes one way. I had to stay so focused, take the right decision. He was doing all that stuff at the beginning of the Match Tie-break, coming up with the goods and I thought, ‘Okay, I guess I tried.’ I didn’t play too bad after all and I was getting ready to explain myself in the press conference… What a match and John deserves over half of this one.”
January 22, 2020 -- Melbourne, AUS

Roger's near-flawless play continued into his second round match against Filip Krajinovic.

The 20-time Grand Slam Champion commanded the court in front of the Melbourne crowd as he dropped just 6 games with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 victory.

“For me, really the first three rounds are key to get going, to get used to the pressure, stay calm, when to save break point or 30-all points or whatever it may be. Just to stay calm if you're down a set and a break or whatever it might be," said Roger.

He faces John Millman in the next round.