The Harper buzz effect, a lost track career and Federer better than ever

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rantnrave:// Roger Federer is timeless. He has sent Father Time back on his heels and into his corner. His career is fantastical. How else can you describe it? Sunday, at Wimbledon, Federer won his 19th Grand Slam title. His eighth Wimbledon. It's remarkable. He went nearly five years without a Slam before this season. Hadn't won one since 2012. He's got two in 2017 now, at 35 years old. Tennis players aren't supposed to win Slams at that age. Federer especially. Rafa Nadal was supposed to have passed him by. Then Novak Djokovic. Andy Murray had his turn atop the field. Federer was getting older and supposedly losing ground by the year. Yet, here he is again. Djokovic seems lost. He's battling injuries and whatever else during an unexplainable slump. Nadal is still the master on clay courts but has won only one Slam on other surfaces since 2010. Murray is the top-ranked player in the world but bowed out early at Wimbledon. Federer has always been more like an artist. An athlete with the grace of a ballerina. Watching him is like seeing a painter work. We are witnessing history. Federer, more than any other tennis star of this generation, allows us to enjoy it in the moment. He admits his shortcomings. His game isn't based on brute force. He is a virtuoso. ... Venus Williams couldn't match Federer. But her run to the final was the best part of the tournament. Garbine Muguruza is a budding star. She has two Slams on her résumé. If Serena and Venus ever retire (let's hope not), Muguruza could be one of the faces of the sport. While Venus' loss could share the headline, don't forget to give Muguruza her due. She's a Williams sisters slayer, beating Serena in the 2016 French Open final and Venus Saturday. ... Writing an epitaph for Chuck Blazer isn't easy. He was a criminal who lived large and a key federal witness who helped bring FIFA's corruption into the light. As his life began to crumble, Blazer became soccer's anti-hero. SportsSET: "The Man Who Helped Take Down FIFA". ... The Olympic Channel is here. Will enough people want to watch Olympic sports outside of Olympic years to make it viable? ... Julia "Hurricane" Hawkins is the next Usain Bolt. ... RIP Bob Wolff and Martin Landau.

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