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How to preserve the game's top dogs

Updated: December 8, 2008, 1:54 PM ET
By Peter Bodo, TENNIS.com

You all saw the news that Roger Federer cut his preparations for the French Open by a hefty 50 percent for 2009 -- he'll be playing just two clay-court warm-ups for Roland Garros, instead of the four he logged this year.

This was an inevitable development for two reasons: Federer is at that stage in his career when the tournaments run together in a blur, and even Masters-grade events have a ho-hum familiarity to them. Second, The Mighty Fed shows signs of tiring from the grind the ...

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