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Novak Djokovic's search

World No. 1 still plays in shadow of Federer-Nadal

Updated: May 25, 2013, 11:39 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Before it became his signature moment to date, Novak Djokovic was motivated by a slight.

He had just made the greatest shot of his career, maybe of any career: Down two match points to Roger Federer in the 2011 U.S. Open semifinals, he made the wicked, desperate cross-court forehand return that saved, for the moment, the greatest season of the Open era. The shot was terrific, but the match was still over, certainly, with Federer holding another match point.

As a final acknowledgment, ...

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