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Game Point: Roger Federer comes up short during awards season

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Love -- One day after their suspension was lifted by a Belgian court, Yanina Wickmayer and Xavier Malisse were cleared to play immediately by the International Tennis Federation.

As I wrote earlier in the week, Wickmayer and Malisse broke a rule and they should have been punished for it. The World Anti-Doping agency rule of having to make your whereabouts known for one hour, 365 days a year seems harsh, but it's worth it if it helps maintain the image that tennis is clean. All it takes is one major drug scandal (and I'm not talking about Andre Agassi using meth in 1997) to tarnish the sport. Vigilance is a good thing. The perception that drug testing may be more lax is not.

15 -- Roger Federer finished third in voting for the Associated Press athlete of the decade award behind Lance Armstrong and winner Tiger Woods.* It's hard to find fault with that order. I may have gone Tiger/Roger/Michael Phelps/Lance though. (*And there it is: The first sentence written by anyone in three weeks to reference Tiger Woods without mentioning his current predicament.)

30 -- The tennis great losing that vote made sense. Losing Switzerland's top athlete of 2009 award to a guy named Didier, not so much. Federer was bested by world downhill skiing champion Didier Cuche in the 2009 Credit Suisse Swiss Sports Personalities of the Year award, voted on by the nation's journalists and athletes.

40 -- Former world No. 1 Dinara Safina withdrew from an Australian Open tuneup in Brisbane, casting doubt on whether she'll be healthy enough to lose in the first round in the season's first Grand Slam next month in Melbourne.

Love -- Andre Agassi went to his wife's homeland to promote his autobiography. The title of the book in German is "Open: Das Selbstporträt", thus proving the old publishing adage is true: Umlauts in a book title are always a good idea.

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