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Ho-hum Federer still playing for history

Updated: August 30, 2005, 7:49 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- When Roger Federer plays tennis, there is always a chance you will see something extraordinary.

There was such a moment Tuesday in his first-round match against Czech-born Ivo Minar.

In the fifth game of the second set, Federer was floating along, 3 feet behind the baseline, when Minar hit a scorching cross-court forehand that seemed to surprise him. Federer accelerated to his right, with swift and precise steps, and -- with the ball behind him -- flicked his wrist, almost ...

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