Roger Federer: Fed-Ex and Most Dangerous Veterans at 2012 French Open

Ted LeeCorrespondent IJune 2, 2012

Roger Federer: Fed-Ex and Most Dangerous Veterans at 2012 French Open

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    The third round of the men's and women's 2012 French Open has almost finished, and it has been nothing short of exciting. 

    While favorites receive all the hype, the most overlooked are usually the veterans. 

    This year's Roland Garros has many veterans, but none more dangerous than these five players. 

Maria Sharapova

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    The No. 2 seed looks to be a favorite after sweeping Peng Shuai 6-2 and 6-1 in the third round. 

    While only 25, Sharapova has acquired the knowledge and experience of a veteran since winning Wimbledon at 17.

    After two Grand Slam final losses at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, Sharapova bounced back and won the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix like a true veteran. 

    While Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka made everyone think there was a passing of a torch to the younger players, Sharapova is a dangerous veterans who won't make it easy on the young stars. 

Tomas Berdych

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    The No. 7 seed has finally got his consistency back, and it may not even be his best yet. 

    Berdych has quietly put together a nice season, generally only losing to the big four. His next opponent will be the young 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.

    Potro, playing well again after his wrist surgery, will have a tough time with this veteran.

Andy Murray

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    This veteran sits atop the rankings at No. 4 and has been displaying strong play at Roland Garros. 

    Murray showed experience and poise in his match against Santiago Giraldo, letting fans know the back problems that affected him Thursday did not affect his performance against Giraldo.

    There were no signs of pain for Murray early in the first set, with his first serve looking a real weapon. Giraldo came out all guns blazing but still was not able to defeat the experienced veteran.

    Look for Murray to be dangerous at Roland Garros.

Roger Federer

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    Who else but Roger Federer?

    Federer may be the most dangerous veteran at Roland Garros, just because of his experience and history. Federer also may have an easy round next, playing the "lucky loser," Belgian David Goffin. 

    While all the attention may be on the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, don't ever count out the No. 3.