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ESPN article on Djokovic

When Novak Djokovic finished last season inside the Top 20 of the ATP rankings, his father Srdjan did what most parents would -- he complimented his son. Or he tried. Novak would have none of it. "It doesn't matter if I'm number seven or 27 or 87," he said. "When I become number one, then you can congratulate me."

The story makes Djokovic sound like a pretty hard-headed character. That's somewhat accurate. His parents and coach say the poised 20-year-old with the upright posture and the jet-black brush cut is so driven that they have their hands full simply keeping up.

"He gave us the highest goals, and we run behind him to give him what he needs," his mother Dijana said in a rare quiet moment during the French Open, where Djokovic reached his first Grand Slam semifinal.

Djokovic has admitted that he still can't quite picture himself winning a Slam, but that visualization can't be too far away given his inner conviction.

"I showed to myself and to everybody else, that I have enough quality to be in the top three and four of the world," he said in Paris.
While ambition helps define Djokovic, there's more to him. He's modest with a dash of brash, competitive and compassionate, and deeply loyal to the family that has helped him achieve so much so fast.

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He looks as if he's in a state of constant but relaxed alert, with a light in his eyes that indicates somebody's home. And home is a very important place for a young man who has spent much of his life on the road. His loved ones say he has always been open and generous with his affection.

"Let me tell you a story I haven't told anyone else," said Srdjan Djokovic, speaking in Serbian, as his wife translated.

As a youngster, Novak spent a lot of time with his paternal grandmother, who suffered from bone cancer. "One day he was sitting in the living room and he asked her, 'Grandma, where is your pain?'" Srjdan Djokovic said. "She showed him a point on her back, and he was making a massage for hours. He was maybe 6 years old.

"She lived for two more years because of him. She couldn't walk 20 meters, but with him, she was walking all over the place, picking flowers.
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Nice read. Ezekiel will find a way to be offended by this though.
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Nice article. That story about his grandma was so

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hes an intresting character, maybe not quite yet but this guy i think is going to win multiple slams, certainly has the game to.
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hes going to be a champion one day.

Hes an good character.

I cannot stand Djokovic
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Given how much he progressed during the last year, I guess next year he'll come to regularly beating Nadal on non-clay courts, and possibly even taking over #2.

And the possible rivalry between mature Federer and youngblood Djokovic would be very interesting to watch over the next few years, both being all-courters hence capable of upsetting each other in the big events.
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novak is an awesome guy.

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nice find, great article... vamos novak!
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The grandma story is very touching.

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Very touching indeed.

On the whole after following him for a year and hearing what he said, seeing the way he carries himself on the court I must admit I have grown to quite like him. I have no doubt that the day will come and he will be winning slams plus many more AMS
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Novak is a very likable guy and hope he stays that way.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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Nice read. Ezekiel will find a way to be offended by this though.
and he'll accuse all the above posters as bandwagoners

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and he'll accuse all the above posters as bandwagoners
Or anti-Serbian.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Ahhhhhh Nole.. what a story...
RIP Noles Grandmother
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Thought he was a dick at first but I've since grown to like him more and more for his game and his character.
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