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Mental fatigue downs Djokovic in Wimbledon loss

Though he's been the most consistent performer all year, No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic was destroyed by Marat Safin at Wimbledon.

Updated: June 26, 2008, 2:23 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Three and a half years ago, a 17-year-old Serbian played his first Grand Slam singles match in Australia.

Novak Djokovic, ranked No. 188 in the world, won all of three games and a total of 34 points against his idol, Marat Safin. This, of course, was to be expected. Djokovic, humiliated, went back to the practice courts. Safin went on to win his second Grand Slam title.

Tennis has this quirky (and delightful) habit of returning favors, ...

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