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August 31, 2011

'Still' Life: The long autumn of Roger Federer

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Roger Federer has spent longer as a "still" athlete than any great player I can remember.
You could even argue that it's one of the signs of his greatness. Other top players hit the "still" moment, hang around for a little longer, and then whoosh, they're gone, broken up into memorial clips and Hall of Fame inductions, classic rock bands who've sold their copyrights. Federer, after three straight years of diminished results — 11 to 12 singles titles a year from 2004 to 2006, then eight in 2007, and four to five every year since — is … well, still really amazing. He's still near his best, which means he's still playing some of the best tennis the world has ever seen. -- Brian Phillips -- Grantland

Posted by Vanderleun at August 31, 2011 12:38 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Nothing more amazing than watching Roger vs Rafa. Nothing.

Posted by: RedCarolina at August 31, 2011 1:50 PM

Yeah, but it’s still tennis we’re talking about. The game Buffy and Jodie play at the Hamptons in between attending art shows, polo matches and cocktail parties.

Posted by: tim at September 1, 2011 5:48 AM