At 24, Federer already halfway to Sampras

Roger Federer won his third straight and seventh career Grand Slam title. He's only 24, but already he has passed greats like Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg.

Updated: January 31, 2006, 5:30 PM ET
By Whit Sheppard | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Can you hear the footsteps, Pete?

An emotional Roger Federer took another step toward solidifying his place in tennis history Sunday night as he won his seventh major title, and third consecutive, 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2, over unseeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the Australian Open final.

At just 24, Federer's seven majors (3 Wimbledons, 2 U.S. Opens and 2 Australian Opens) have come in a span of 11 Grand Slams dating to his initial Wimbledon triumph in 2003, a ...

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