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Ascent of Novak Djokovic has only just begun

Novak Djokovic admits he can't picture himself winning a Grand Slam. That's too bad because he might be the next Grand Slam winner not named Federer or Nadal, writes Bonnie DeSimone.

Updated: June 22, 2007, 4:15 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

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 ...

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