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Roger Federer thwarts Nicolas Mahut

Updated: June 1, 2012, 7:11 PM ET
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PARIS -- Again far from his best, Roger Federer still managed to win at the French Open.

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic had a much easier path.

Federer, the 2009 champion at Roland Garros, was pushed to four sets Friday for the second straight match, this time beating Nicolas Mahut of France 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the third round.

"I think for bigger guys it's about, if you're able to move them around enough and they have to defend time and time again, this is maybe where you ...

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