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Roof can't come soon enough at Wimbledon

With rain washing away much of first-day play, Whit Sheppard writes about plans to cover Wimbledon's Centre Court by 2009.

Updated: June 26, 2006, 5:01 PM ET
By Whit Sheppard | Special to ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- None of his 41 previous grass-court opponents had managed to find a way to solve Roger Federer's game on his favorite surface, leaving it to the elements to step into the breach on a wet opening day at Wimbledon.

Federer got through just 35 minutes of his first-round match Monday against France's Richard Gasquet, leading 6-3, 1-2, when a soft mist began falling on a cool, overcast day.

A Federer win would push him past Bjorn Borg to establish a new Open ...

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