Olympic fatigue catching up with Federer and the field

Worn out. Taxed. Battered. Did anyone say the Olympics wouldn't hamper the players? Just ask Roger Federer, who needed five grueling sets to defeat Igor Andreev at the U.S. Open.

Updated: September 4, 2008, 12:14 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Before this U.S. Open, most tennis players played down the Beijing Effect.

Typically, they would shrug and say that they are citizens of the world and that travel -- even halfway around the world -- is nothing special.

But midway through the second week, as the unforced errors have mounted, the line at the trainers' table has lengthened and the word "exhausted" has begun to appear regularly in interview transcripts, it is clear that something is ...

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