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Roger Federer has a much deeper point to prove at the Olympics

Updated: July 30, 2012, 12:23 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

WHEN HE LAST left the grass at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, his seventh Wimbledon title and 17th grand slam championship in hand, Roger Federer had not broken new ground so much as solidified his place as the best tennis player who ever lived. Having crushed Andy Murray's heart to do it, he stood at the center of an emotional scene, Great Britain appreciative of his greatness but also heartsick for its Scot, who wept in defeat.

Federer now returns ...

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