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Federer loosens up, tightens forehand

Originally Published: June 1, 2009
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- His forehand has always been the window to Roger Federer's sense of well-being.

When he was the world's best player, it was a decisive stroke, the signature instrument with which he carved up the competition. For the past year or so, under pressure, his forehand has been a squirrely, nervous affair.

On Monday, the day after Rafael Nadal was ushered from the French Open by Robin Soderling, the Swiss champion's forehand was looser than a bag of writhing eels.

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