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Sublime Federer outclasses gritty Berdych to reach final

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Lost what little respect I had of Federer when he decided not to play one single match during the clay court season. If any of the other top players had focused only on Wimbledon and had been injury free, they'd have a shot at the title too. Nadal knew grass is not his top surface, Murray knew he had an injury waiting to appear, Đoković knew he was not in top form this year, hell, even Nishikori knew he was out of contention, and yet they all entered Wimbledon.

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Federer has already had the number 1 spot and is regarded almost unequivocally as the greatest player of all time. His intention is now to equal the records of Ken Rosewall after reaching 40. He has publicly said that is why he will be playing less and that is why he is only playing in 1 or 2 Slams from now on. The most suitable surface to skip is clay at the French Open as it is the surface on which players are most susceptible to injury. In the modern era of a faster, more gruelling and relentless year round competitive tennis, that is the only way he can remain at his peak, albeit at a slower speed, avoiding injury. He is even smarter than people give him credit for, will remain the greatest player of all time and continue playing for several more years if he so desires.

We the fans are all the better off for it and he remains an inspiration to us all. Go Roger!

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