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An energy-efficient Federer advances

Roger Federer seems to be getting stronger as the French Open goes on. Whit Sheppard writes Federer's ability to stay off the court could make the difference in him winning his first French Open title.

Updated: June 7, 2006, 9:30 PM ET
By Whit Sheppard | Special to ESPN.com

PARIS -- If he is to emerge victorious at the finish line of the 15-day endurance contest otherwise known as the French Open, Roger Federer will have himself to thank for limiting his time on the job in the lead-up to Sunday's final.

You can do that when you're self-employed and immensely talented -- and the 24-year-old Swiss is both.

Coming into his quarterfinal match Tuesday with Croatia's Mario Ancic, the No. 12 seed, the Swiss had averaged a little more than two hours on-court in his ...

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