From prodigy to supreme excellence
PARIS -- In his very first service game, Roger Federer hit a drop shot so sublime it may have evaporated.
It was a deceptively gentle backhand flick of the wrist, and the ball nearly grazed the net cord before bouncing about a foot in the air and spinning back toward the net. It was, upon reflection, the yin to Rafael Nadal's yang of a punishing topspin forehand that had dominated Roland Garros for the past four years.
Sometimes, in the frenzy of the moment, we forget to ...
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2009 FRENCH OPEN
Women's singles: Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
Roger Federer, Switzerland
Men's doubles: Lukas Dlouhy, Czech Republic and Leander Paes, India
Women's doubles: Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual, Spain
Mixed doubles: Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan, United States
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