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Extolling Federer's commitment

Updated: March 11, 2008, 2:43 PM ET
By Peter Bodo, TENNIS.com

NEW YORK -- When Roger Federer trailed Pete Sampras 2-5 in the third set of last night's sold-out Madison Square Garden exhibition tennis match, he stood just a handful of Sampras service rockets and a few moments from sustaining a potentially devastating blow to his career.

After having lost before the final in the only two events he's played this year (Federer lost to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open and to Andy Murray in Dubai), and struggling with an assortment of ills including ...

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