Only about here and now for Federer

For now, all-time Slam King happy with the state of his game after first-round win

Updated: August 27, 2013, 10:25 PM ET
By Matt Wilansky | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The career arc of any elite athlete is unpredictable. There isn't a foolproof formula to accurately predict how a fledgling talent will fare in three, five or even 10 years.

Until 2003, Roger Federer's tennis existence was, let's say, tenuous. A former Wimbledon junior champion, he was blessed with exquisite talent but underwhelming results. His forehand flowed through the court with grace and violence, and he moved with unmistakable ease. But his Slam results belied the beauty ...

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