Federer still trying to break the Rafa code

Take a step back and mull over Rafael Nadal's accomplishments. He has rewritten the history books many times over, leaving poor ol' Roger Federer befuddled and crazed.

Originally Published: February 10, 2009
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

Stacked résumé

Roger Federer is addicted to being the best. He certainly didn't hide this proclivity during the year-end Masters Cup, explaining that when he hears himself introduced as the world No. 2, it sounds foreign.

The elegant Federer had an impregnable game. That was, until Rafael Nadal evolved into a powerhouse and began exposing weaknesses in Federer's artillery, both physical and mental. Now Federer is palpably nervous as to whether he can break the ...

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