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Novak Djokovic wins over U.S. Open crowd, gets past Roger Federer and dances (video)

Next up: Dance Party. (Matthew Stockman / GETTY IMAGES)

Facing two match points against the great champion Federer, Djokovic turned on a 108-mph serve from Federer, zinging a cross-court winnerjust shy of the line. Djokovic raised his hands to the pro-Federer crowd and got the emotioal boost he was seeking. He was stoked, saved another match point and rallied from a two-set deficit for a 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory that sends him to Monday’s final.

“It was definitely the biggest win of this year, one of the biggest wins of the career under the circumstances,” Djokovic — now 63-2 in 2011 — said. “Roger was in control [after two sets], playing better. I switched gears and played much better over three sets.”

Afterward, with the crowd in the palm of his hand and because he’s nothing if not a devotee of the post-victory shaking of the groove thing, he danced a little.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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