Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/9/14
In the dark times in sports, when serial doping, cheating, greed, bad sportsmanship and corruption make you want to switch off for good, there has always been an unfailing rock of good hope to cling to this millennium: the sight of Roger Federer turning tennis into art four times a year at the Grand Slam tournaments. Never pulled out with injury. Never sent in a sick note. Never couldn't be bothered. Not only is Federer the most successful male player ever, he's also becoming one of the most durable, the iron man of his, indeed any, generation, a presence as constant at tennis' major tournaments as strawberries and cream at Wimbledon and spectators with bad etiquette at the French Open. (Yelling ''Ole!'' between points and doing the wave so frequently at changeovers should be punishable by a naked swim in the cold, brown Seine). From the Australian Open of 2000 to this French Open, Federer has always turned up for work. His streak of 54 consecutive major tournaments, comfortably t...
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