How Novak Djokovic cheated death

Updated: June 5, 2012, 9:31 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

PARIS -- When it was time to win the match, Novak Djokovic needed just one chance, and it was over.

When he is closest to losing, Djokovic seems to remind himself that deep in his heart, he does not believe that he can be killed on a tennis court, cannot be beaten, will not yield the final point. Until the end, when he could no longer sustain the fight, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, weary and honorable, had played his best, most inspired tennis, even better than when he shocked Roger Federer at Wimbledon ...

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