Roger Federer Eliminated by Andy Murray at 2013 Australian Open

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Roger Federer Eliminated by Andy Murray at 2013 Australian Open
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Four-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer has bowed out in defeat for the third straight year at Melbourne Park after being eliminated in the tournament's semifinal by Andy Murray

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Despite his recent disappointment, the 31-year-old Swiss star is considered by many to be the greatest tennis champion of all time. He has nearly 80 career singles titles, 17 Grand Slam wins and six year-end championships to his name. 

From 2004 to 2007, no player on the planet could contend with Fed, who made a record 10 consecutive Slam finals from 2005 to 2007. He is also the only men's player to win three of the year's four majors more than once. He accomplished the feat three times in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

But since winning his 16th career Grand Slam in Australia in 2010, Fed has won just one of 12 major tournaments since (2012 Wimbledon).

This isn't the end of the line for Fed, though. He can still become the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles this summer in London, as well as the first man in the Open era to win six U.S. Open championships.

He'll be a favorite to win both Slams later this year in addition to being considered a legitimate contender for the next Grand Slam on the schedule, the French Open.

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PaddyPower.com gave Fed the third-best odds, behind only Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to win the Aussie Open in 2013. He was at 5/1 odds coming into the tournament.

 

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