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Slammed- Roger Federer wins the French Open

He also acheived a career tennis grand slam. From AP-

Roger Federer beat Robin Soderling, tied Pete Sampras and won the French Open at last.

Undeterred by an on-court intruder, Federer defeated surprise finalist Soderling 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4 on Sunday to complete a career Grand Slam and win his 14th major title, matching Sampras’ record.

“It’s maybe my greatest victory, or certainly the one that removes the most pressure off my shoulders,” Federer said. “I think that now and until the end of my career, I can really play with my mind at peace, and no longer hear that I’ve never won Roland Garros.”

On his fourth try in Paris, Federer became the sixth man to win all four Grand Slam championships.

Even without a French Open win, Federer had already proved himself to be one of Tennis’ greatest players. Today’s win just closes the deal.

Why were the clay courts of Roland Garros such a mystery to Federer? He isn’t from the United States after all. Only three Americans men(Michael Chang, Jim Courier, and Andre Agassi) have won the French Open since 1956. With Federer, in light of how he lost three consecutive years in the finals, it may have been a case of wanting something too much.

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