Head games: Roger Federer excels

No sport demands more mentally from an athlete than professional tennis

Updated: January 29, 2010, 2:54 PM ET
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

I always scoff at the notion that Tiger Woods' dominance over golf is more impressive than what Roger Federer has done in the tennis world. Tiger has been out of contention and even missed the cut at majors over the past four years, whereas Federer has finished out of the top two once in that period.

And considering the tennis season is 11 months, just for a player to be healthy enough to play in a record 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals, as Federer has, is a feat we might never ...

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