Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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With Rafael Nadal’s shocking loss Thursday at Wimbledon, the door might just be cracked open for Roger Federer to make one last run, as he seeks a record-tying seventh Wimbledon title. Nadal fell in five sets in Wimbledon’s second round—tying his earliest exit in a Grand Slam tournament in his career—to the No. 100-ranked player in the world, Lukas Rosol, the lowest ranked player to ever beat Nadal.  While his early departure could make it easier for world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to take home his second consecutive Wimbledon title, it may just help a less likely champion, like Federer or Andy Murray, come out on top. Having only once defeated Djokovic and Nadal—who have combined to win the last nine Grand Slams—in the same tournament (2010 ATP World Tour Finals), Federer hasn’t taken home a major title since the 2010 Australian Open, while his last Wimbledon championship came in 2009.  But suddenly, with Nadal’s early exit, Federer won’t be forced to beat the world’s top two players i...
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