Djokovic toughest in crunch time

Updated: September 8, 2012, 11:09 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- From the long view, it is clear the topography of Saturday's semifinals has been forming for months.

It began in Australia and went through the summer, from Novak Djokovic's follow-up to 2011 to the void left by Rafael Nadal to waiting for Andy Murray.

Five years have elapsed since the final weekend of the U.S. Open possessed such a radical look, where only one semifinalist had a major win to his name, the rest looking for their first. In the quarters, Djokovic, Murray, ...

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