Jeansonne: Federer held off young challengers for a long time

Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Roger

Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after winning the men's semifinal match of the 2010 U.S. Open. (Sept. 11, 2010) (Credit: Getty Images)

John Jeansonne

Newsday columnist John Jeansonne. John Jeansonne

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Champions and former champions know the drill: Revolution always is in the air and nobody rules for too long. At 29, Roger Federer hasn't exactly been thrown on the scrap heap of tennis contenders, but he was reminded again Saturday of the natural order working against him.

That Federer lost a taxing five-set U.S. Open semifinal to Novak Djokovic, a man he had beaten three straight years at...

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