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Another rocky match for Federer

Slam King's loss raises more questions as to what he can realistically accomplish

Originally Published: October 10, 2013
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

SHANGHAI -- Even being one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports comes with its downside.

That's exactly the career crossroads where we find 32-year-old Roger Federer, 17-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1, these days. Another example that the Federer today isn't the Federer of yesteryear came Thursday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Although Federer pushed the talented but quirky Gael Monfils to three sets in their round-of-16 encounter, the great one never looked comfortable, ...

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