Drained Djokovic outlasts Murray

Exhausting as it is, world No. 1 buckled down physically to outlast his rival

Updated: September 4, 2014, 11:18 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- World No. 1 Novak Djokovic wasn't outplaying his longtime rival Andy Murray early in Thursday's quarterfinal match as much as he was escaping him. In the first eight games, Djokovic lost one break point, then another, and another -- only to break back and blitz Murray in the first tiebreaker to steal the opening set. The Serbian star survived another stretch in the middle of the match when he couldn't trust his own forehand. Then came another long run of games in which Murray was cracking ...

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