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Despite the fact that World No. 5 Roger Federer suffered his worst loss at a Grand Slam in more than 10 years at Wimbledon (losing to 116th ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round), he’s still one hell of a tennis player. The 32-year-old sexy Swiss is so good, the legendary Jimmy Connors once said, “In an era of specialists, you’re either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist, or a hard court specialist… or you’re Roger Federer.”
The 17-time Grand Slam champion is more motivated than ever to have a strong finish in New York this year, especially since he says he’s finally recovered from the back spasms that contributed to his unfortunate summer losses. And while he may be the old man in the Big 4, don’t expect that to hold him back one bit. “You always want to win. That is why you play tennis, because you love the sport and try to be the best you can at it,” he says.
In a surprising twist, Federer lost in the fourth round of this year's tournament.
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