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Tragic deaths taught Federer and Sampras to live for the moment

Roger Federer and Pete Sampras used tragic deaths of close friends to motivate them to success. Story

Updated: January 13, 2008, 6:25 PM ET
By LZ Granderson | Page 2

How do you deal with death?

Do you fear it?

Does it paralyze you?

Motivate?

As Roger Federer begins pursuit of a third consecutive Australian Open title, pundits will be consumed with debate over his place in history. Fans will talk about the future, trying to determine when he will surpass Pete Sampras on the all-time Grand Slam wins list. As for Federer, he won't be caught up in any of that; not about the past or the ...

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