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Federer learns how tough French can be

Updated: June 4, 2005, 12:33 AM ET
By Cynthia Faulkner | ESPN.com

PARIS -- When you're going for a career Grand Slam, Roland Garros is the most difficult major to win. No. 1 Roger Federer found that out Friday as Rafael Nadal got his birthday wish.

Federer Grand Slam losses in '05

Aussie Open

French Open

Jan. 27

June 3

Semis

Semis

Marat Safin, 25

Rafael Nadal, 19

Nadal, who turned 19 on Friday, said before the match he needed Federer to have a bad day. ...

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