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by Aidan Elder |  Published: Feb 01, 2010


Australian Open Tennis “Reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated.” These might be the sentiments of Roger Federer as he looks back at a year in which he won his French Open to complete a career Grand Slam and claimed his sixth Wimbledon title. As with any dominant champion, the pens are waiting to be drawn for his career obituaries. You may have even seen a few eulogistic pieces suggesting a decline and although undoubtedly premature, Federer’s brilliance isn’t as ubiquitous as it once was. If it was, then the drugs authorities shouldn’t be testing him for drugs, they should be testing him for immortality. He may still have the tools to produce some of the most exhilarating tennis we’ve ever seen, but we may have to get used to seeing it less often. Throughout the years of his greatest dominance (2004 to 2008) Federer won more than 90 percent ...

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