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Newsflash: Fed, Djoker will thrive

Updated: August 24, 2012, 11:32 AM ET
By Matt Wilansky | ESPN.com

I wanted this story to be different.

I wanted to tell you how the perfect storm of recent events was finally (finally!) going to hurl a new name into the championship spotlight in New York.

The evidence was overwhelming: Olympic hangover. Rafa's absence. Djokovic's return to earth. Federer's age.

I was going to delineate all this detail, and I wanted you to buy it.

"Well, your premise had some merit," said Pam Shriver, who wouldn't dare go there now. "But it ...

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