The passing of Roger Federer and Serena Williams in a matter of weeks marks the end of the greatest era of tennis

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The lad from Basel and the queen from Compton helped develop the

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game in a way that is impossible to imagine the sport without

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Serena Williams came first, and now Roger Federer.

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What an intense and historic period for tennis. The sport will lose

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two players in three weeks who, more than any other, defined,

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then redefined, then again redefined what was possible on grass, clay,

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and hard surfaces in the twenty-first century.