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Lupica: It's time to recognize Roger Federer as the heavyweight champion of sports

Lupica: It's time to recognize Roger Federer as the heavyweight champion of sports

Next Sunday will be more about Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback of them all, at the Super Bowl. But this Sunday was about Roger Federer, and one more night in an extraordinary career when he looked like the heavyweight champion of sports, here and everywhere else.

In the same era in tennis, we have had Federer playing 30 major singles finals and winning 20 of them, his first in 2003, and Serena Williams playing 29 major singles finals and winning 23, her first in 1999. Serena is scheduled to return to competition at the Federation Cup in February, after giving birth to her first child last year. Federer? He hasn’t gone anywhere. And whether you care a lot about tennis or not,...

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