Federer and time

Yes, it was an extraordinary thing watching Roger Federer fight off time yet again Thursday night. He looked positively beaten when down two sets to the preposterously talented Gael Monfils. Even after gutting his way through the third set, Federer still looked beaten. It wasn't until Federer held off two match-points in the fourth set -- one by aggressively attacking the net, the other with an overpowering forehand after a tentative Monfils shot -- that any doubt cleared. In the next game Federer broke Monfils both literally and figuratively, and the match was done. The score line read: 4-6, 4-6, 6-5, 7-5, 6-2.

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