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Season rewind: Djokovic's domination

Updated: December 28, 2011, 2:54 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Nearly four years ago, an imposing, impossibly mature 20-year-old from Belgrade ran the table Down Under.

He swatted aside Aussie favorite Lleyton Hewitt in the fourth round, tenacious David Ferrer in the quarters and, in the semifinals, a guy named Federer -- all without dropping a set. When Novak Djokovic -- in his second straight major final -- defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to capture the 2008 Australian Open crown, he seemed destined to collect many, many more Grand Slam singles titles.

And ...

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