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June 26, 2012 | By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press
As Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer step back on the grass at Wimbledon, each has reason to believe he'll be hoisting the trophy overhead in two weeks' time. None of the other 125 men in the field can honestly say the same. Indeed, it's tough to imagine anyone outside that trio winning this year's championship at the All England Club, where play begins Monday. "They've, you know, been pretty selfish about Grand Slam titles for a little bit," said 2003 U.S. Open champion and three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick.
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January 18, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Swiss star Roger Federer is one of the most popular athletes in Australia, where he has won four of his 17 Grand Slam titles. The only problem is this: His 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Nikolay Davydenko on Thursday night in the Australian Open set Federer on a course for a third-round match against Bernard Tomic, the last remaining Australian in the men's or women's draws. The 20-year-old Tomic beat German qualifier Daniel Brands, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8)
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January 26, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Andy Murray was sucking in deep breaths, trying to recover from his exhausting win over Roger Federer. Pain was very much on his mind. The U.S. Open champion defeated Federer, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2, in a four-hour Australian Open semifinal Friday. It was Murray's first victory against the 17-time major winner at a Grand Slam event. But with the clock about to strike midnight, Murray was already thinking about Sunday's final against two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic, who is on a 20-match winning streak at Melbourne Park.
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July 24, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - Roger Federer passed on carrying Switzerland's flag at his third straight Olympic opening ceremony, so doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka has been given the honor for Friday in London. The Swiss Olympic Committee said the 27-year-old Wawrinka "fulfills the requirements of this prestigious task. " Wawrinka and Federer will defend the men's doubles title they won in Beijing four years ago, one of two events in which Switzerland took gold. Wawrinka said "I'm proud of carrying the Swiss flag.
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June 21, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
WIMBLEDON - Walking the grounds yesterday, Wimbledon's six-time champion looked like the same old Roger Federer. True, there have been signs of slippage. Federer lost at the French Open in the quarterfinals, then he dropped to No. 2 in the rankings behind Rafael Nadal. And at a Wimbledon warmup event, Federer suffered his second grass-court defeat since 2003. But the All England Club tends to bring out the best in Federer. He has reached a record seven consecutive Wimbledon finals, and last year beat Andy Roddick, 16-14, in the fifth set of a final that ranked with the sport's greatest matches.
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July 6, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Roger Federer has a great chance to eclipse Pete Sampras' record for career Grand Slam singles titles. Sampras walked away with 14 trophies from tennis' top tournaments, two more than anyone else. Federer? The Swiss player owns three major championships after beating Andy Roddick, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-4, on Sunday to win his second straight Wimbledon. So Federer would need to average 1 1/2 Slams a season for the next eight to top Sampras. Yet that doesn't seem so far-fetched right now, given Federer's age (22)
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June 27, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - It was already one of the most tumultuous days in Grand Slam tennis history, with seven players forced out by injuries, two of the top three seeded women eliminated and six former No. 1-ranked players leaving early. So what else could happen to make this a day like no other at Wimbledon? How about the world's greatest grass-court player losing on his favorite Centre Court to a 116th-ranked qualifier who had never beaten a top-10 player. Seven-time champion Roger Federer was stunned by Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round at the All England Club yesterday, his earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament in 10 years.
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June 5, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS By Roger Federer's standards, defeat came early in the French Open. And it came quickly. The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost yesterday in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. Federer was eliminated before the semifinals for the second time in past three Grand Slam tournaments, but only the fifth time in the past 9 years at a major event. Tsonga was responsible for two of the losses - he also beat Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2011.
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November 21, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Hobbled by an ankle injury, Roger Federer did something unheard of - he lost a match. The top-seeded Swiss came within two points of a third consecutive Tennis Masters Cup triumph before losing in five sets to David Nalbandian yesterday in Shanghai, China. Federer, who hadn't lost in 24 finals, was beaten 6-7 (4), 6-7 (11), 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (3) for only his fourth defeat this year. Nalbandian ended Federer's 35-match winning streak and his bid to equal John McEnroe's 21-year-old mark of 82-3 for the best winning percentage in a season in the Open era. Nalbandian, summoned to the eight-man field when Andy Roddick pulled out with an injured back, earned $1.4 million and improved his year-ending ranking to a career-high No. 6. Federer injured his right ankle the week after ensuring the year-end No. 1 ranking with his 11th title of the year, Oct. 2 in Thailand.
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January 27, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MELBOURNE, Australia - Only the trophy and the tears were missing from this latest Grand Slam installment of Rafa vs. Roger. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were on opposite sides of the net yesterday, meeting in the semifinals of the Australian Open. And Nadal was the winner again - for the eighth time in their 10 Grand Slam matchups. The Spaniard won, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4, covering the baseline with incredible speed and hitting forehand winners from almost impossible angles.
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September 2, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Introducing the person they had all come to see, the PA announcer at Arthur Ashe Stadium didn't mention the words Grand Slam, merely pointing out that in addition to being defending U.S. Open champion, Serena Williams was defending champ at the Australian Open and Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Williams isn't hiding from her historic aspirations, though. She refers to her drive for the Grand Slam as "this journey" and likes that the last stop is on American turf. "I am literally enjoying the moment," Williams said.
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July 27, 2013
Roger Federer lost Thursday in front of his home fans at the Swiss Open in Gstaad, beaten, 6-3, 6-4, by Daniel Brands for his third straight tournament exit against a low-ranked opponent. The 55th-ranked Brands troubled Federer with his serve and big forehands in the second-round match. The 31-year-old Swiss star's other losses in the last month were to players ranked No. 116 ( Sergiy Stakhovsky , at Wimbledon) and No. 114 ( Federico Delbonis , at Hamburg, Germany)
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July 2, 2013 | Associated Press
GET READY for some unfamiliar names at Wimbledon. With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal long gone, and Maria Sharapova out, too, after a havoc-filled Week 1 at the All England Club, Week 2 begins today with a schedule that includes participants such as Kenny de Schepper and Adrian Mannarino, Ivan Dodig and Jerzy Janowicz, Karin Knapp and Monica Puig. None of that group has played in a fourth-round match at any Grand Slam tournament. Members of the usual cast of characters are still around, of course, such as Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
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June 27, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - It was already one of the most tumultuous days in Grand Slam tennis history, with seven players forced out by injuries, two of the top three seeded women eliminated and six former No. 1-ranked players leaving early. So what else could happen to make this a day like no other at Wimbledon? How about the world's greatest grass-court player losing on his favorite Centre Court to a 116th-ranked qualifier who had never beaten a top-10 player. Seven-time champion Roger Federer was stunned by Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round at the All England Club yesterday, his earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament in 10 years.
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June 27, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - As tumultuous a day as professional tennis has produced in its nearly half-century history ended in the most unexplainable way: a second-round Wimbledon loss by Swiss star Roger Federer at the All England Club. The seven-time Wimbledon champion and 17-time Grand Slam champ shuffled off Centre Court on the fortnight's first Wednesday, his head bowed, his streak of reaching at least the quarterfinals at a record 36 consecutive major tournaments snapped by a man ranked 116th.
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June 24, 2013 | By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press
LONDON - As her agent nodded along approvingly from a front-row seat, Serena Williams sounded contrite and composed. Well-rehearsed, too. Williams even managed to crack herself up with a couple of jokes during her news conference at Wimbledon as the defending champion, where the primary topic was hardly her 31-match winning streak or her bid for a sixth title at the All England Club or her injured sister Venus' absence from the field. Instead, more than half the questions at Sunday's session revolved around themes generating the most buzz on the eve of tennis' oldest and most prestigious Grand Slam tournament: what Williams was quoted as saying in a recent magazine article - and Maria Sharapova's surprisingly forceful verbal swipe in reaction to that story.
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June 5, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - A point from losing the first set of his French Open quarterfinal, Roger Federer shanked a routine forehand, sending the ball 10 feet beyond the opposite baseline. The Court Philippe Chatrier crowd roared with approval, then loudly chanted the last name of Federer's opponent, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. That shot was a clear indication that Federer was hardly Federesque on this day. There were plenty of others: He argued with the chair umpire about a call. He dumped overhead smashes into the net. And in a truly rare ungraceful moment, he failed to put a racket to - or get out of the way of - a backhand flip by a sliding Tsonga, instead getting hit on the back.
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June 5, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS By Roger Federer's standards, defeat came early in the French Open. And it came quickly. The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost yesterday in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. Federer was eliminated before the semifinals for the second time in past three Grand Slam tournaments, but only the fifth time in the past 9 years at a major event. Tsonga was responsible for two of the losses - he also beat Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2011.
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June 4, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - Chasing a shot, Roger Federer caught his right shoe in the French Open's red clay, twisting that foot awkwardly and tumbling to the ground. Soon enough, he was in a real rut, in danger of his earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in 9 years. Federer regrouped and restored order eventually, coming back from a two-sets-to-one deficit to beat 15th-seeded Gilles Simon, of France, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, yesterday in the fourth round to reach his 36th consecutive major quarterfinal.
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June 3, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - Chasing a shot, Roger Federer caught his right shoe in the French Open's red clay, twisting that foot awkwardly and tumbling to the ground. Soon the No. 2 seed was in a real rut, in danger of making his earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in nine years. Federer regrouped and restored order eventually, coming back from a two-sets-to-one deficit to beat 15th-seeded Gilles Simon of France, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, on Sunday in the fourth round to reach his 36th consecutive major quarterfinal.
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