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Unfulfilled season has Federer dynasty in jeopardy

Five-time defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has been mired in a season of unfulfilled expectations. But how he responds in England this year will shed light on whether this is truly the beginning of the end.

Updated: June 21, 2008, 9:00 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

You could argue that Roger Federer's season really began last week, on grass, in Halle, Germany. That would not be a popular argument with Federer himself, who has been relentlessly, stubbornly and sometimes irritably optimistic during this season of relative discontent.

Nevertheless, here's the argument. Federer started the year depleted from undiagnosed mononucleosis and didn't catch up until the spring. When he finally regained something approaching full fitness, he ...

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