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Djokovic back in familiar territory

World No. 1 reaches 14th consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearance

Updated: September 5, 2013, 11:45 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Two hours before he took the Arthur Ashe court in an official capacity, Novak Djokovic was out there scuffling in the wind with practice partner Radek Stepanek.

The same Radek Stepanek who, along with partner Leander Paes, sent the Bryans brothers' Grand Slam hopes to the shower earlier Thursday in the same venue.

At one point, Stepanek ripped a forehand past Djokovic and, comically, raised his arms and solicited applause from the several dozen workers scattered around ...

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