Our tennis open

By Joseph Romanos In Sport

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8th January, 2005
In 2000, Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero won a routine match against Roger Federer in the first round of the New Zealand Tennis Open, at Auckland's Stanley Street courts. It was the sort of result that is typical of the tournament, meaning little at the time but vastly more significant in hindsight. Federer was a scruffy Swiss 18-year-old who obviously had special talent - he was the world's leading junior. But during his 6-4, 6-4 defeat he gave few signs that within four years he would become possibly the greatest player in history. Both Federer and Ferrero have gone on to earn ...

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