Robin Soderling

15 years after 1st Slam, Roger Federer back to defend at Wimbledon

15 years after 1st Slam, Roger Federer back to defend at Wimbledon

LONDON — Go back 15 years, to the start of Wimbledon in June 2003, and take a glimpse at where things stood for Roger Federer.

He was 21. He had yet to reach No. 1 in the ATP rankings. Not only had the guy never won a Grand Slam tournament, he'd never even been past the quarterfinals at one. He was coming off a first-round loss at the French Open a month earlier, and another at the All England Club a year earlier.

When all was said and done two weeks later, Federer was crying, cradling the champion's gold trophy.

And now? When play begins at Wimbledon on Monday, with Federer closing in on his 37th birthday, he will have the honor of...

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