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Roger Federer returns a shot against Julien Benneteau during their third-round match Friday at Wimbledon. associated Press.

Wimbledon: Roger Federer rallies past Benneteau

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By Steven Wine

AP Sports Writer

WIMBLEDON, England -- Roger Federer overcame a two-set deficit Friday at Wimbledon to avoid his earliest Grand Slam exit since 2004.

The six-time champion found himself two points from defeat on six occasions but survived a tense fourth-set tiebreaker and beat Julien Benneteau in the third round, 4-6, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-1.

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