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Perhaps it was Federer who learned a lesson

Updated: May 1, 2009, 3:31 PM ET
By Peter Bodo, TENNIS.com

Mischa Zverev gave Roger Federer all he could handle in the first set of their Italian Open encounter on Friday, and I'm sure that a number of people watching the match hoped that Federer learned something useful in the course of his 7-6 (2), 6-2 win.

Zverev, painfully aware of Federer's proven record as the second-best player in the world on clay, tried the old Charge of the Light Brigade strategy. He took every opportunity to rush the net, or to hit the kinds of shots (heavily ...

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