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Jeff Jacobs: Djokovic Goes From Champion To Rules Cheater

Jeff Jacobs: Djokovic Goes From Champion To Rules Cheater

It was shortly after 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the fourth game of a four-set U.S. Open championship match, when many of the 25,051 fans at Arthur Ashe Stadium began to chant his name.

"No-vak! No-vak!"

As Novak Djokovic limped between points, grimacing in pain, there was something courageous, almost heroic going on with the No. 1 player in the world. That's sporting heroism, of course, athletic courage. On a Sunday such as this, when a city and a nation paused to remember the 15th anniversary of the horror of 9/11, real heroism and real courage is sacred.

Still, Djokovic was in obvious pain. He grabbed at his upper leg. In the midst of a grueling four-hour match, he...

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