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Federer's biggest weapon? His name

Updated: June 7, 2009, 9:23 AM ET
By Stephen Tignor, TENNIS.com

Is there a defining pattern to this relatively late and non-dominant stage of Roger Federer's career? If so, I'd say it's this: He goes down early to a solid second-tier player in the fourth round of a major, looks confused, indifferent, and as good as dead, then rallies from the grave to win in five sets before cruising to the final of the tournament. At the U.S. Open last fall, it was Igor Andreev; at the Aussie Open, it was Tomas Berdych; and this week at the French Open it was Tommy Haas and ...

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