10 Pieces Of Photographic Evidence That Roger Federer Is Back Kicking Ass And Taking Names

The Swiss king conquered Andy Murray to set up a classic showdown with Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open semifinals.

“I’m back,” Roger Federer said last night after a four-set win over Andy Murray.

Federer, who came to Melbourne as the sixth seed, showed critics and naysayers that he’s still got it, performing like the untarnished, unwavering, flawless super-Federer of the past.

Here are 10 photos from the Australian Open quarterfinals that prove Roger Federer is back.

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Petar Kujundzic / Reuters

Look at that face of determination as he adjusts his headband. And while you’re at it, look at that perfect head of hair.

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Petar Kujundzic / Reuters

Look at that perfectly aligned face as he prepares to receive (and annihilate) Murray’s serve.

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David Gray / Reuters

Old age? What old age? 32 is just the number of beats my heart skips as he stretches for a glorious backhand.

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Petar Kujundzic / Reuters

A return worthy of a champion’s return.

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Petar Kujundzic / Reuters

That’s his hand. Telling the critics to talk to it.

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Jason Reed / Reuters

Andy Murray is all like, “bwuh?”

MURRAY IS OUT. THE FEDERER OF 2009 IS BACK.

— Turner Cowles (@tgcowles)
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Bobby Yip / Reuters

What every one who thought Federer was over looks like right now.

Roger Federer is back mate

— Fahad (@HFahad_786)
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Jason Reed / Reuters

You can say that again, mate.

The Master is back! Pumped-up like in 2006, Roger #Federer outclasses Andy #Murray 6-3 6-4 6-7 6-3 to reach @AustralianOpen semi!

— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis)
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AP Photo/Rick Rycroft

GAME. SET. MATCH.

G. S. M. Federer. Andy can hold his head high, Roger is back...

— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey)
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Bobby Yip / Reuters

“Yes, you’re back,” Andy Murray whispers in Federer’s ear. “And those abs are amazing.”

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