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World number two Roger Federer advanced to his 10th consecutive Australian Open semifinal on Wednesday after eliminating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the quarterfinals. The Swiss star has been in the semifinal or better at the Melbourne Park since 2004.

“So I’m very happy. It was a good match. I enjoyed it. Could have been four (sets), could have been three. I could have lost it. So at the end, I’m just happy I won in five,” Federer said.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion admitted that he was glad to have scraped his way through to the next round considering that he played against a formidable opponent.

“It was a tough match from the start really. A lot of ups and downs on both sides obviously. I mean, more good ones than bad ones, because ups and downs you can see the negative way, too. But I thought we always played well to get back into the match,” he said.

Federer will need to improve his gameplay in the next round since he’s meeting world number three Andy Murray in the Australian Open 2013 semifinals on Friday.

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