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Djokovic, Murray -- the new kids on the block

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are the highest-ranked teenagers on the ATP Tour. Joel Drucker explains what has made these 19-year-olds so successful at such an early age.

Updated: April 4, 2007, 2:25 PM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

A tennis player who cracks the top 10 is akin to a lawyer making partner, a scholar earning tenure, a Fortune 500 executive being named vice president. It's a significant rite of passage.

This is why the ascent of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray is one of the most exciting stories of 2007.

These two good friends each turn 20 in May. As of this week, Djokovic is ranked No. 7, while Murray is 11th and will likely enter the top 10 within a month. They met in the semifinals of consecutive ...

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