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Roger Federer: The Hand of God

PARIS - JUNE 01:  Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates a point during the Men's Singles Fourth Round match against Tommy Haas of Germany on day nine of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 1, 2009 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Boris GodzinevskiCorrespondent IIJune 1, 2009

When dear Roger went down two sets to love, I feared I would have to write an article titled "An Era is over," for had Federer lost today, his greatest streak, one of the greatest records in sports history, of 19 consecutive semifinal appearances at a Slam, would be over.

Not to neglect that surely, a loss in the fourth round of a tournament with a clear path to victory, a lost opportunity by the greatest of all time would be the ultimate stamp of a transition in the history of the sport.

But no, the King would not lose, he would prevail, perhaps by the tightest of margins in the third set, but in a run with a 6-0 and 6-2 victory in later sets.

This was a mark of greatness knowledgeable tennis fans have come to expect from him, and he delivered, yet again.

Still three matches to be played, but a victory at Roland Gaross would undoubtedly pave the way for redemption at the grass courts in London, and then perhaps a six consecutive title at Flushing Meadows, and then, the boundaries are limitless.

There is only one thing one must say, or perhaps on thing a fan of the sport must say, to Federer, as a sign of respect to an untouchable icon.

Win, win.

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