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Federer takes 5, escapes 0-2 hole

Posted: June 30, 2012 at 4:11 a.m.

Roger Federer dropped the first two sets Friday against 29th-seeded Julien Benneteau of France, then was two points away from losing six times before coming back Friday to pull out a 4-6, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-1 victory in the third round in Wimbledon, England.

Roger Federer dropped the first two sets Friday against 29th-seeded Julien Benneteau of France, then was two points away from losing six times before coming back Friday to pull out a 4-6, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-1 victory in the third round in Wimbledon, England.

A day after Rafael Nadal’s stunning exit at Wimbledon, the only other men who have won the tournament since 2003 — six-time champion Roger Federer and defending champion Novak Djokovic — found themselves trailing less-accomplished opponents, too.

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Sports, Pages 22 on 06/30/2012

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