June 1 Talking Points — Federer, Djokovic on collision course

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Talking Points

What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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Right now the tennis world is marveling at Novak Djokovic’s 42 consecutive wins to begin 2011.

One more win, and he ties John McEnroe for the best start to a year. But his semifinal opponent, Roger Federer, has what might be a more impressive streak — 28 consecutive trips to a Grand Slam quarterfinal, a mark that surpassed Jimmy Connors’ record of 27.

One difference between tennis and golf is that tennis does not allow for a bad day. You can make up for a bad hole or even a bad round on the links. But if you’re without your “A” game one day on the tennis court, you’ll also be without a trophy come the end of the tournament.

Most are aware of Federer’s awe-inspiring 16 Grand Slam wins, and we remember his epic matches with Rafael Nadal or SportsCenter-leading between the leg shots against Djokovic. But part of what makes him so great is his consistency in the early rounds. Like the watches from his home country, Federer’s about as reliable as it gets.

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Scottish golfer Richie Ramsay missed out on an opportunity to make the U.S. Open field Monday because he attended a friend’s wedding and failed to make it back to the course on time for a playoff.

Ramsay figured the fading light would prevent the playoff from taking place until Tuesday, but instead the remaining golfers teed off at 9:15 p.m., leaving Ramsay out of luck.

Afterward, he likely sought out another wedding...strictly for the open bar.