Roger Federer's verbal volleys

Updated: August 25, 2011, 4:48 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

Roger Federer just turned 30 a couple of weeks ago, and he's increasingly behaving the way a lot of people do when they get older and they've accomplished many things. He's more inclined to say whatever the hell he wants and feel no need to apologize for it.

This is a notable departure for tennis's gentleman champion, the most finely calibrated and elegant athlete of his generation. It hasn't quite gotten to the point where he's openly griped that the champagne was flat ...

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