Federer's present has reconnected with his past in defeating Murray

Wednesday January 22nd, 2014
With this victory, Roger Federer has now reached 11 straight semifinals at the Australian Open.
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• It became the received wisdom around the time the man turned 30: "A lot has to go right for Federer to win another Major." (Even that sounded charitable. Remember, Federer lost to Lleyton Hewitt a few weeks ago.) Well, here we are with two rounds to go in the Australian Open. Federer has taken care of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andy Murray. Novak Djokovic has been eliminated by Wawrinka. Rafael Nadal looms next, but Nadal has a hole in his hand. If that's not "a lot," it sure is more than a little. He still has six sets to win, but Federer... well, let's not get ahead of ourselves.

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