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BNP Paribas Open: Time is relative to Roger Federer
BNP Paribas Open: Time is relative to Roger Federer

The old guy, Father Time, will triumph in the end. He always does. But for the moment Roger Federer is holding serve against him, which in a sport primarily of the young is no small achievement. Federer has come to terms with reality. "If I can't play for No. 1," he said three days ago, "I'll play for winning titles." He won his 78th, third best all-time behind Jimmy Connors' 109 and Ivan Lendl's 94, a week ago at Dubai. And Saturday on an 83-degree afternoon at Indian Wells he made a start toward another, defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-2, 7-6 (3), in the BNP Paribas Open. Federer is 32, five years older than Rafael Nadal, the current world...

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