Federer facing ever-growing challenges

Updated: December 1, 2009, 1:35 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

It has been an emotional year for Roger Federer.

He wept after losing a five-set final to Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. There was the angry racket-cracking episode in Miami during a semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic and a seven-month span without a title. And then, in a cathartic swirl of less than two months, Federer won the one major that had eluded him, the French Open; triumphed over Andy Roddick in a fifth set at Wimbledon that required a breathtaking 30 games, breaking ...

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