I’m a Roger Federer fan. Usually, this leads to nothing more straining than a few hours spent watching tennis four times a year. Last night, however, went to another level. Federer played Robin Soderling (a Swede) in the quarterfinals of the US Open. When Federer came onto the court (immediately after Melanie Oudin’s emotional loss — more on her later), Arthur Ashe stadium was pumped full of — you guessed it — Darth Vader’s theme music from The Empire Strikes Back! Patrick McEnroe, in his pre-match set-up, even referred to Federer as “Darth Federer.” …

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