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The Serbian world number three had to withstand a stirring fightback from Monfils before clinching a 6-2 5-7 7-6 (7/3) triumph.
It wasn't only in the AT&T Park visitors' clubhouse, all picked up after the wild-card clinching party the day before, that a case could be heard for the Dodgers to go farther than they have since the 1988 World Series championship.
A serrated clinching ring, knurl, ribs, or hex head prevents the fastener from rotating in the metal when tightening torque is applied to-mating hardware.
And the obvious prize of clinching a Triple Crown after last year's success is a big incentive," he insisted.