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Finding Roger Federer Meltdown footage on YouTube is like finding a seat on the Number 4 Lexington Avenue subway at 9:30 in the morning. [Non-New Yorkers, take note: it's rare.] The Greatest of All Time usually deals with blown shots by dragging his middle finger across his forehead and tucking his hair behind his ear. Not this time. This was a semi-final match with Novak Djokovic at the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida. Djokovic just broke Fed in the third and deciding set and was up 15-0 when the Greatest of All Time took his eyes off a routine approach shot that could have evened the score. Federer went through lots of racquets when he was playing the junior circuit; wonder if he felt a little wave of nostalgia upon banging this one hard into the court.

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Murray Swears He Didn't Make No Swearing Pledge

Murray at Brisbane: Betcha he's muttering, "this thing is fucking heavy!" Courtesy: USATodayNew Year's resolutions are made to be broken, and it took Andy Murray less than a week into 2013 to break his resolve to not swear so much on the court.

Murray, as Reuters reports, said last month that he wanted to clean up his dirty mouth.  "Obviously, me saying 'shit' or whatever is bad and wrong, and it's something I want to try to stop doing," said Murray. 

Bad and wrong?  When it comes to tennis, Haters, I think swearing is right and just, and necessary.  There are no better words in the English language to describe volleying a floater into the net than "fucking piece of shit."

But the doom-and-gloom Scot was just as potty-mouthed as ever during an Australian Open tune-up.  Audible obscenities were heard from his end of the court during his early round matches at the Brisbane International.

He later claimed he never made any vow to stop swearing.

"I was doing an interview over the phone. I got asked about swearing on the court. I said 'obviously I don't mean to do it. I don't want to do it. Sometimes you get frustrated and you do and obviously I will try to stop.'

"I didn't make any promises or guarantees that I was going to."

You bet your sweet ASS he's a champ. Courtesy USATodayHe said other players swear just as much, and say far worse things about their opponents' mothers and such, but people -- and, presumably, chair umpires -- don't notice because they're using non-English cuss words.

"So where I would obviously love to stop doing it, I try not to. But I can't guarantee it."

Andy, I totally get it.  I, too, want to stop swearing on court, but dammit, I just can't!

While his non-swearing resolution is already down the toilet, any resolution the world number three made to become number one this year got a strong start Down Under.  He defeated defeated Grigor Dimitrov, 7-6(0), 6-4, to take his second-straight Brisbane International title, his first title for the new year and his 25th overall.