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Federer survives bizarre turn of events

Updated: January 19, 2011, 3:51 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- What happened to the Roger Federer who was so dominant in the past three months?

Well, he showed up early against Gilles Simon on a chilly Wednesday night in Melbourne, flawlessly taking a two-set lead. Federer was nearly untouchable on serve, confidently hit through his groundstrokes and moved forward when given the chance. In short, all the things he was doing under newish co-coach Paul Annacone. The kind of things that led to a 27-2 record in his past 29 ...

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