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Novak Djokovic claims U.S. Open crown

Updated: September 13, 2011, 3:56 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Bothered by pain in his back, ribs and cramping legs, Novak Djokovic was face-down beside the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium, getting massaged by a trainer.

Having dropped a set against defending champion Rafael Nadal, Djokovic's grip on the U.S. Open final appeared to be starting to slip away and, worse, his body was breaking down.

His confidence? That, more than any particular stroke, is what Djokovic credits with transforming him from a top player to a great one -- and ...

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