How Rafa made Federer better

Updated: September 14, 2009, 6:35 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, a shimmering oasis of glass and steel skyscrapers. It sits on the west side of the Arabian Peninsula, along the Persian Gulf.

The vast reserves of oil beneath give Dubai one of the highest per-capita incomes on earth. Beyond opulence, the other constant among the world-class hotels and restaurants is the unforgiving sun. On most days, it is blazing hot.

In February, in the wake of his crushing loss in the Australian ...

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