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Don't read much into Fed's marathon match

Updated: May 4, 2011, 7:43 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

Roger Federer's aura remains. How else to describe Feliciano Lopez's overhead miss up 5-2 in a final-set tiebreaker at the Madrid Open on Wednesday?

Lopez only temporarily recovered, but Federer hit an ace staring at a match point and eventually prevailed 7-6 (13), 6-7 (1), 7-6 (7) to avoid what would have been a headline-grabbing defeat.

Yes, the knives were being sharpened. Federer had just lost to a second-tier player, Jurgen Melzer, in Monte Carlo before his encounter ...

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