Federer still has time to salvage a poor clay season

He's left indelible marks in the record book for 3½ years. But after a recent title drought, Roger Federer suddenly appears mortal. So what exactly is going on with the world's top player?

Updated: May 18, 2007, 8:55 AM ET
By Matt Wilansky | ESPN.com

It was an unfamiliar sight. Disconcerting, for some. There was Roger Federer, his head down, slouching, racket bag hung over his shoulder, gingerly strolling off the court … a loser.

This was the scene last week at the Rome Masters when the world No. 1 was sent packing by 53rd-ranked Filippo Volandri.

It marked the fourth straight tournament Federer failed to win, his longest drought since claiming the top ranking 172 weeks ago. So it raises the question: What exactly ...

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