As Roger Federer Turns 30, Let's Celebrate His 11 Years at the US Open

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As Roger Federer Turns 30, Let's Celebrate His 11 Years at the US Open
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Remember turning 30? That is, for those of you who have reached that major turning point in your life. If you have not quite stood on the precipice on "the day the earth stands still," your day will come.

Bob Dylan once said that you cannot trust anyone who is over 30. I believe the fabled crooner is now over 65. I wonder if he can still trust himself? 

Regardless, the fabulous Roger Federer has reached that moment in time when he became one of the throng of "thirty-somethings" on August 8.

For Federer youth is finally over––the storied days of summer seem limited at long last.

There is no need to feel sad for Federer, however, because there is no "crying" in tennis.

Oh, wait. That is baseball.

Federer, in fact, is a huge proponent of shedding tears, whether of joy or disappointment. 

Federer generally celebrates his birthday during the American hard-court season culminating in New York City. For the Swiss maestro there is nothing more exhilarating in all of tennis than the fabulous night sessions at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City.

The holder of a myriad of tennis records and the winner of 16 grand slam tournaments has not finished playing tennis even as he turns 30 because he still loves the game.

Celebrities pack Arthur Ashe to see the best tennis the world has to offer, including Federer, and they are rarely disappointed as the last slam of the season sizzles in dying shades of summer. It is the final  outdoor event as the Northern Hemisphere begins to edge toward desultory fall and sobering winter.

Roger Federer continues to be one of the staples of the US Open, having reached the finals for six years from 2004-2009. Will he make it a seventh in 2011?

Could the Swiss possibly win a sixth US Open title? That seems to be the question on everyone's lips as the 2011 US Open looms ahead.

In honor of Federer's thirtieth birthday, let us look back on Federer's US Open campaigns starting in the year 2000.

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