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Federer flashback to fallow years

Updated: September 6, 2012, 5:32 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The mastery he had shown while rolling through his other U.S. Open matches in the past week and while winning titles at Cincinnati and Wimbledon before that to grab back the No. 1 ranking -- that was suddenly gone.

Even a mere two or three games into his U.S. Open quarterfinal match Wednesday night, it was clear Roger Federer was getting dragged into the sort of dogfight that felt like an unwanted flashback to those two fallow years in which he went a career-long nine Grand ...

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