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Tennis Things: Four decades of top notch nicknames
2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the current ATP rankings, which standardized the hierarchy of men’s tennis and in doing so provided an objective basis for everything from who played what tournament to which player could truly call themselves the best in the ever-globalizing sport of tennis. In those four decades twenty-five different players have been number one, and sixteen of them have held the coveted position until year’s end. Five who aren’t pictured here are Mats Wilander*, who finished a prodigious 1988 at #1, Marcelo Rios, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and Carlos Moya, who along with Pat Rafter took advantage of a topsy-turvy 1998/1999 to taste #1 glory by turns, and Marat Safin, who battled with Gustavo Kuerten through the end of 2000 for the top spot.
One of the perks of being a renowned male tennis player (can the WTA get on this?) seems to be nicknames. Original bad boys Ilie Nastase of Romania and John McEnroe of the U.S.A. may not have felt the most flattered, but in the long run Nasty’s and Superbrat’s recognition factors show incomparable longevity. Ivan Lendl, the Czech dominator of the 1980s, had a few epithets, with Cold War hoopla probably tipping the scales for “Ivan the Terrible”. Many of the best nicknames refer to a player’s style — for example, German Boris Becker’s booming serves, American Jim Courier’s fitness-intensive crushing grind, Austrian Thomas Muster’s relentless and powerful strokes, Spaniard Juanqui Ferrero’s fleet-footed forehand attacks. While Pete Sampras banked on his precisely executed drills to take guys out in the blink of an eye, fellow Yank and chief rival Andre Agassi learned to wear his inevitably less fit opponents down by jerking their puppet strings around from the baseline. Their successors in dominance, Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain, also contrast, one possessing all the bewildering flair of a wizard and the other all the unstoppable power of a force of nature. Some nicknames catch on because tennis, an individual’s sport, spotlights individual personalities without much obstruction. Serbia’s pride and current world no. 1 Novak Djokovic’s infamous impressions of other players and on-court dance routines speak to his gregarious nature, while Swedish legend Bjorn Borg, sometimes called “The Robot”, epitomized the other side of the thermostat. Fellow soft-spoken Swede Stefan Edberg’s grace and elegance was surpassed only by his sportsmanship (they ended up renaming the sportsmanship award after him because he won it so often). The easiest nicknames are those that spring right out of the player’s real name — Jimbo for Jimmy Connors, every New Yorker’s favorite brawler from down the street, Guga for Gustavo Kuerten, the sunny-natured champion who hailed from sunny Brazil, A-Rod for American Andy Roddick, he of the lightning serve, or just plain Newk for pre-titanium hard server John Newcombe. Newcombe’s Aussie successors’ monikers are similarly laid back in origin; Hewitt’s supposedly comes from the National Lampoon character Rusty Griswold, while Rafter’s refers to the white streak in his hair that he was born with (and, his mates will add, to his legendary farts). It’s clear that in forty years men’s tennis has given fans a smorgasbord of styles and characters on their way to the top. Whoever’s next might want to think of a nickname or two in advance — the better to love you with, my dear.
* If anyone can tell me if Wilander had a nickname (and what it was) I will find a way to get him into this photoset. Promise.
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Tennis Things: Four decades of top notch nicknames
2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the current ATP rankings, which standardized the hierarchy of men’s tennis and in doing so provided an objective basis for everything from who played what tournament to which player could truly call themselves the best in the ever-globalizing sport of tennis. In those four decades twenty-five different players have been number one, and sixteen of them have held the coveted position until year’s end. Five who aren’t pictured here are Mats Wilander*, who finished a prodigious 1988 at #1, Marcelo Rios, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and Carlos Moya, who along with Pat Rafter took advantage of a topsy-turvy 1998/1999 to taste #1 glory by turns, and Marat Safin, who battled with Gustavo Kuerten through the end of 2000 for the top spot.
One of the perks of being a renowned male tennis player (can the WTA get on this?) seems to be nicknames. Original bad boys Ilie Nastase of Romania and John McEnroe of the U.S.A. may not have felt the most flattered, but in the long run Nasty’s and Superbrat’s recognition factors show incomparable longevity. Ivan Lendl, the Czech dominator of the 1980s, had a few epithets, with Cold War hoopla probably tipping the scales for “Ivan the Terrible”. Many of the best nicknames refer to a player’s style — for example, German Boris Becker’s booming serves, American Jim Courier’s fitness-intensive crushing grind, Austrian Thomas Muster’s relentless and powerful strokes, Spaniard Juanqui Ferrero’s fleet-footed forehand attacks. While Pete Sampras banked on his precisely executed drills to take guys out in the blink of an eye, fellow Yank and chief rival Andre Agassi learned to wear his inevitably less fit opponents down by jerking their puppet strings around from the baseline. Their successors in dominance, Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain, also contrast, one possessing all the bewildering flair of a wizard and the other all the unstoppable power of a force of nature. Some nicknames catch on because tennis, an individual’s sport, spotlights individual personalities without much obstruction. Serbia’s pride and current world no. 1 Novak Djokovic’s infamous impressions of other players and on-court dance routines speak to his gregarious nature, while Swedish legend Bjorn Borg, sometimes called “The Robot”, epitomized the other side of the thermostat. Fellow soft-spoken Swede Stefan Edberg’s grace and elegance was surpassed only by his sportsmanship (they ended up renaming the sportsmanship award after him because he won it so often). The easiest nicknames are those that spring right out of the player’s real name — Jimbo for Jimmy Connors, every New Yorker’s favorite brawler from down the street, Guga for Gustavo Kuerten, the sunny-natured champion who hailed from sunny Brazil, A-Rod for American Andy Roddick, he of the lightning serve, or just plain Newk for pre-titanium hard server John Newcombe. Newcombe’s Aussie successors’ monikers are similarly laid back in origin; Hewitt’s supposedly comes from the National Lampoon character Rusty Griswold, while Rafter’s refers to the white streak in his hair that he was born with (and, his mates will add, to his legendary farts). It’s clear that in forty years men’s tennis has given fans a smorgasbord of styles and characters on their way to the top. Whoever’s next might want to think of a nickname or two in advance — the better to love you with, my dear.
* If anyone can tell me if Wilander had a nickname (and what it was) I will find a way to get him into this photoset. Promise.

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Tennis Things: Four decades of top notch nicknames

  • 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the current ATP rankings, which standardized the hierarchy of men’s tennis and in doing so provided an objective basis for everything from who played what tournament to which player could truly call themselves the best in the ever-globalizing sport of tennis. In those four decades twenty-five different players have been number one, and sixteen of them have held the coveted position until year’s end. Five who aren’t pictured here are Mats Wilander*, who finished a prodigious 1988 at #1, Marcelo Rios, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and Carlos Moya, who along with Pat Rafter took advantage of a topsy-turvy 1998/1999 to taste #1 glory by turns, and Marat Safin, who battled with Gustavo Kuerten through the end of 2000 for the top spot.
  • One of the perks of being a renowned male tennis player (can the WTA get on this?) seems to be nicknames. Original bad boys Ilie Nastase of Romania and John McEnroe of the U.S.A. may not have felt the most flattered, but in the long run Nasty’s and Superbrat’s recognition factors show incomparable longevity. Ivan Lendl, the Czech dominator of the 1980s, had a few epithets, with Cold War hoopla probably tipping the scales for “Ivan the Terrible”. Many of the best nicknames refer to a player’s style — for example, German Boris Becker’s booming serves, American Jim Courier’s fitness-intensive crushing grind, Austrian Thomas Muster’s relentless and powerful strokes, Spaniard Juanqui Ferrero’s fleet-footed forehand attacks. While Pete Sampras banked on his precisely executed drills to take guys out in the blink of an eye, fellow Yank and chief rival Andre Agassi learned to wear his inevitably less fit opponents down by jerking their puppet strings around from the baseline. Their successors in dominance, Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain, also contrast, one possessing all the bewildering flair of a wizard and the other all the unstoppable power of a force of nature. Some nicknames catch on because tennis, an individual’s sport, spotlights individual personalities without much obstruction. Serbia’s pride and current world no. 1 Novak Djokovic’s infamous impressions of other players and on-court dance routines speak to his gregarious nature, while Swedish legend Bjorn Borg, sometimes called “The Robot”, epitomized the other side of the thermostat. Fellow soft-spoken Swede Stefan Edberg’s grace and elegance was surpassed only by his sportsmanship (they ended up renaming the sportsmanship award after him because he won it so often). The easiest nicknames are those that spring right out of the player’s real name — Jimbo for Jimmy Connors, every New Yorker’s favorite brawler from down the street, Guga for Gustavo Kuerten, the sunny-natured champion who hailed from sunny Brazil, A-Rod for American Andy Roddick, he of the lightning serve, or just plain Newk for pre-titanium hard server John Newcombe. Newcombe’s Aussie successors’ monikers are similarly laid back in origin; Hewitt’s supposedly comes from the National Lampoon character Rusty Griswold, while Rafter’s refers to the white streak in his hair that he was born with (and, his mates will add, to his legendary farts). It’s clear that in forty years men’s tennis has given fans a smorgasbord of styles and characters on their way to the top. Whoever’s next might want to think of a nickname or two in advance — the better to love you with, my dear.





* If anyone can tell me if Wilander had a nickname (and what it was) I will find a way to get him into this photoset. Promise.

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As you may or may not know I have been running FedererLive on Twitter for almost one year after my beautiful friend Emma handed the account over to me. On the 25th of July Nike Tennis contacted me asking if they could share something special with me. Not even knowing what that something would be it took me half an exuberant second to respond with a huge ‘of course’. Yesterday morning I received a package postmarked Nike WHQ Exports. A feeling of extreme gratitude washed over me, I felt so lucky to have been given any unexpected gift, let alone one from Nike. I had no idea what it would be - a poster, a T-shirt maybe - so you can only imagine my shock when I opened it to find… Roger Federer’s Champion Jacket from Wimbledon 2013.
Yes, this jacket. As I unlocked the wooden box (complete with RF logo) to reveal the jacket I felt incredibly emotional, there really aren’t any words to describe it. But I’ll try. Overwhelmed, yes. And grateful, so grateful, to an extent I can’t express. There were lots of tears and even more shaking as I read the card it came with. Finding out there were only 10 jackets made in the world and I had one. These kinds of things do not happen to me, ever. I still feel like I am in a dream. I don’t deserve it, but I will treasure it for as long as I live.
Now for the thanks. Thank you to each one of you for following me and for every kind message. Emma, this is as much yours as it is mine; you gave me this opportunity, and for that I will forever be in your debt. Now, if I thanked Nike Tennis every minute of every day for the rest of my life it still would not be enough to. But it won’t hurt to start now, thank you Nike. Thank you. It means the world. [Video: closer look at the jacket]
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As you may or may not know I have been running FedererLive on Twitter for almost one year after my beautiful friend Emma handed the account over to me. On the 25th of July Nike Tennis contacted me asking if they could share something special with me. Not even knowing what that something would be it took me half an exuberant second to respond with a huge ‘of course’. Yesterday morning I received a package postmarked Nike WHQ Exports. A feeling of extreme gratitude washed over me, I felt so lucky to have been given any unexpected gift, let alone one from Nike. I had no idea what it would be - a poster, a T-shirt maybe - so you can only imagine my shock when I opened it to find… Roger Federer’s Champion Jacket from Wimbledon 2013.
Yes, this jacket. As I unlocked the wooden box (complete with RF logo) to reveal the jacket I felt incredibly emotional, there really aren’t any words to describe it. But I’ll try. Overwhelmed, yes. And grateful, so grateful, to an extent I can’t express. There were lots of tears and even more shaking as I read the card it came with. Finding out there were only 10 jackets made in the world and I had one. These kinds of things do not happen to me, ever. I still feel like I am in a dream. I don’t deserve it, but I will treasure it for as long as I live.
Now for the thanks. Thank you to each one of you for following me and for every kind message. Emma, this is as much yours as it is mine; you gave me this opportunity, and for that I will forever be in your debt. Now, if I thanked Nike Tennis every minute of every day for the rest of my life it still would not be enough to. But it won’t hurt to start now, thank you Nike. Thank you. It means the world. [Video: closer look at the jacket]
  • federerblog:

As you may or may not know I have been running FedererLive on Twitter for almost one year after my beautiful friend Emma handed the account over to me. On the 25th of July Nike Tennis contacted me asking if they could share something special with me. Not even knowing what that something would be it took me half an exuberant second to respond with a huge ‘of course’. Yesterday morning I received a package postmarked Nike WHQ Exports. A feeling of extreme gratitude washed over me, I felt so lucky to have been given any unexpected gift, let alone one from Nike. I had no idea what it would be - a poster, a T-shirt maybe - so you can only imagine my shock when I opened it to find… Roger Federer’s Champion Jacket from Wimbledon 2013.
Yes, this jacket. As I unlocked the wooden box (complete with RF logo) to reveal the jacket I felt incredibly emotional, there really aren’t any words to describe it. But I’ll try. Overwhelmed, yes. And grateful, so grateful, to an extent I can’t express. There were lots of tears and even more shaking as I read the card it came with. Finding out there were only 10 jackets made in the world and I had one. These kinds of things do not happen to me, ever. I still feel like I am in a dream. I don’t deserve it, but I will treasure it for as long as I live.
Now for the thanks. Thank you to each one of you for following me and for every kind message. Emma, this is as much yours as it is mine; you gave me this opportunity, and for that I will forever be in your debt. Now, if I thanked Nike Tennis every minute of every day for the rest of my life it still would not be enough to. But it won’t hurt to start now, thank you Nike. Thank you. It means the world. [Video: closer look at the jacket]

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As you may or may not know I have been running FedererLive on Twitter for almost one year after my beautiful friend Emma handed the account over to me. On the 25th of July Nike Tennis contacted me asking if they could share something special with me. Not even knowing what that something would be it took me half an exuberant second to respond with a huge ‘of course’. Yesterday morning I received a package postmarked Nike WHQ Exports. A feeling of extreme gratitude washed over me, I felt so lucky to have been given any unexpected gift, let alone one from Nike. I had no idea what it would be - a poster, a T-shirt maybe - so you can only imagine my shock when I opened it to find… Roger Federer’s Champion Jacket from Wimbledon 2013.

Yes, this jacket. As I unlocked the wooden box (complete with RF logo) to reveal the jacket I felt incredibly emotional, there really aren’t any words to describe it. But I’ll try. Overwhelmed, yes. And grateful, so grateful, to an extent I can’t express. There were lots of tears and even more shaking as I read the card it came with. Finding out there were only 10 jackets made in the world and I had one. These kinds of things do not happen to me, ever. I still feel like I am in a dream. I don’t deserve it, but I will treasure it for as long as I live.

Now for the thanks. Thank you to each one of you for following me and for every kind message. Emma, this is as much yours as it is mine; you gave me this opportunity, and for that I will forever be in your debt. Now, if I thanked Nike Tennis every minute of every day for the rest of my life it still would not be enough to. But it won’t hurt to start now, thank you Nike. Thank you. It means the world. [Video: closer look at the jacket]

Best of Roger Federer's AMA on Reddit

  • Q: What do you think is the biggest plus about Switzerland, besides the flag?
  • RF: It's one of the most beautiful countries I've ever seen. So worthwhile to visit. And the people are very accepting and genuine. I also like the fact that there are so many different languages. In such a small country, we have an incredible amount of diversity and influences from abroad. Also, great chocolate. Mountains. Cheese. Rivers. Lakes. Pretty much everything. Just move there.
  • Q: How do you keep your hair so perfect?
  • RF: I really don’t. I fight it every day like everybody else. But thanks.
  • Q: How do you do that between the legs shot without hitting yourself in a very painful place?
  • RF: Nothing bad ever happened. So i'll keep doing it :)
  • Q: What are some of your pre-match rituals?
  • RF: Arrive on time at the courts. Pretty crucial so I don't miss my match.
  • Q: At this point in your career, are there any records or achievements that you still really want? We know you're going to keep playing because you love the sport, but is there anything specific you want to achieve?
  • RF: There are some great new CD's out that I haven't bought yet. But in terms of tennis records: Any record is welcome.
  • Q: How many cows do you own now?
  • RF: Unfortunately they both have left us :(
  • Q: Since players like you, Nadal, or Djokovic have all started off as young players, what advice do you have for young tennis players who have dreams of going professional?
  • RF: Take up Football. No just kidding.
  • Q: Hey roger, I played against you in a Netjets tournament/exhibition a couple of years back, where you then played against Rafael Nadal. Just wanted to say hi, and see how you are doing? We sat on the table next to you at the luncheon, and I still have all my autographed hats and shirts from you. I just wanted to say that I thought it was so admirable that you let my grandma win the point against you, without making it seem that way. She's your biggest fan, and that made her so happy! You're a good guy.
  • RF: Thanks trikskier. Please say hi to your grandma for me.
  • Q: Did you really hit that can off that guy's head?
  • RF: It takes a lot of practice. Kids, I wouldn't try that at home ;)
  • Q: What kind of music does a man of your calibre listen to ?
  • RF: It all started for me in Dance & Techno. Then i moved over to Rock. Now i'm all over the place.
  • Q: If there was one rule of tennis you could alter, what would it be?
  • RF: A rule that would only let ME serve from the service line. Whenever I want. Seems fair to me :)
  • Q: Hey Rog. Can I call you Rog?
  • RF: Yes.
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Roland Garros 2013: 26 May - 9 June
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Roland Garros 2013: 26 May - 9 June
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Roland Garros 2013: 26 May - 9 June
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Roland Garros 2013: 26 May - 9 June
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Roland Garros 2013: 26 May - 9 June
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Roland Garros 2013: 26 May - 9 June

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Roland Garros 2013: 26 May - 9 June

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Rainbow Roger [inspired by x]
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Rainbow Roger [inspired by x]

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Rainbow Roger [inspired by x]

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: Indian Wells 2013

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: Indian Wells 2013

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Andy Murray defeats Roger Federer 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-2 in the semi-finals at the Australian Open
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Andy Murray defeats Roger Federer 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-2 in the semi-finals at the Australian Open
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Andy Murray defeats Roger Federer 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-2 in the semi-finals at the Australian Open
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Andy Murray defeats Roger Federer 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-2 in the semi-finals at the Australian Open
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Andy Murray defeats Roger Federer 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-2 in the semi-finals at the Australian Open

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Andy Murray defeats Roger Federer 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-2 in the semi-finals at the Australian Open

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Roger Federer wins 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(4) 3-6 6-3 over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach his 10th-consecutive Australian Open semifinal

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Roger Federer wins 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(4) 3-6 6-3 over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach his 10th-consecutive Australian Open semifinal

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Roger Federer defeats Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6(4) 6-2 in the 4th Round of the Australian Open! He is through to his 35th consecutive grand slam quarter-final where he will face Jo-Wilfired Tsonga.
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Roger Federer defeats Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6(4) 6-2 in the 4th Round of the Australian Open! He is through to his 35th consecutive grand slam quarter-final where he will face Jo-Wilfired Tsonga.
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Roger Federer defeats Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6(4) 6-2 in the 4th Round of the Australian Open! He is through to his 35th consecutive grand slam quarter-final where he will face Jo-Wilfired Tsonga.
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Roger Federer defeats Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6(4) 6-2 in the 4th Round of the Australian Open! He is through to his 35th consecutive grand slam quarter-final where he will face Jo-Wilfired Tsonga.
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Roger Federer defeats Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6(4) 6-2 in the 4th Round of the Australian Open! He is through to his 35th consecutive grand slam quarter-final where he will face Jo-Wilfired Tsonga.
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Roger Federer defeats Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6(4) 6-2 in the 4th Round of the Australian Open! He is through to his 35th consecutive grand slam quarter-final where he will face Jo-Wilfired Tsonga.
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Roger Federer defeats Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6(4) 6-2 in the 4th Round of the Australian Open! He is through to his 35th consecutive grand slam quarter-final where he will face Jo-Wilfired Tsonga.
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Roger Federer defeats Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6(4) 6-2 in the 4th Round of the Australian Open! He is through to his 35th consecutive grand slam quarter-final where he will face Jo-Wilfired Tsonga.

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Roger Federer defeats Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6(4) 6-2 in the 4th Round of the Australian Open! He is through to his 35th consecutive grand slam quarter-final where he will face Jo-Wilfired Tsonga.

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2013 Australian Open | Round 3: Roger Federer def. Bernard Tomic 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-1
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2013 Australian Open | Round 3: Roger Federer def. Bernard Tomic 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-1
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2013 Australian Open | Round 3: Roger Federer def. Bernard Tomic 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-1

2013 Australian Open | Round 3: Roger Federer def. Bernard Tomic 6-47-6(5), 6-1