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Novak Djokovic validates top ranking

Updated: November 12, 2012, 8:19 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

It was an odd but gratifying season in men's tennis.

Ten months ago, Novak Djokovic won a spectacular, nearly six-hour Australian Open final for his third consecutive Grand Slam title, then fell just short of a fourth at Roland Garros. He reached three of the four major finals and finishes as the No. 1-ranked player for the second straight year. And yet, you can make a plausible case that Roger Federer and Andy Murray were nearly as impressive in 2012.

Federer, at the age ...

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