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Djokovic backs up bravado with Aussie Open title

He bid farewell to Roger Federer, then blunted giant-killer Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's remarkable run. In the end, Novak Djokovic was left kissing the blue Plexicushion courts, a first-time Grand Slam champion.

Updated: January 27, 2008, 2:52 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Novak Djokovic was always confident he would be The Next Big Thing. He just didn't count on the fact that to win his first Grand Slam event, he would have to beat The Latest Big Thing.

After ousting the impeccable Roger Federer in the semifinals, Djokovic suddenly found himself in the unaccustomed role of favorite against France's unseeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who had done his own giant-killing on the other side of the draw with a stunningly one-sided upset ...

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