Quest for the 'Roger Slam' begins

Rafael Nadal is the overwhelming favorite to win the French Open, but Greg Garber writes about the history that will be made if Roger Federer walks away with the title.

Updated: May 28, 2006, 2:42 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- The sympathetic, rhythmic applause began only 28 points into the first-round match on Court Philippe Chatrier.

This is a fairly typical phenomenon. When the world's No. 1-ranked player is facing an unknown and the match is sliding from one-sided to unsalvageable, the crowd invariably tries to level the field by supporting the underdog.

Except on this occasion Roger Federer, inexplicably, was that underdog.

Diego Hartfield, of all people, won ...

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