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The burden of the top ranking

Updated: May 31, 2012, 3:32 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Blaz Kavcic, a shaggy and excitable Slovenian, is ranked No. 99 among ATP World Tour players. Still, after losing the first seven games, he found a way Wednesday to create fleeting doubt in the mind of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Kavcic was serving at 4-3 on Court Suzanne Lenglen when the slumbering champion awoke. That eighth game was brutal, but Djokovic won it. This prompted (count them) seven vigorous fist pumps. He seemed to be trying to inflate himself, pump some confidence ...

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