Federer playing a different game

Whatever happens, Swiss champ cannot be accused of not trying to keep up

Updated: January 13, 2014, 11:30 AM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon | ESPN.com

Ten years ago, Roger Federer arrived at the Australian Open about to become No. 1 for the first time, beginning a reign that would last for a record 237 weeks in a row and a record 302 weeks in total.

On Tuesday, when he steps on court for his first-round match at the tournament this year, he will be setting yet another record -- 57 consecutive Grand Slams played, breaking the previous mark of 56 set by Wayne Ferreira. That may be a less lofty achievement, but in the fluctuating world of ...

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