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Daily Bagel: Getting to know Djordje Djokovic, Novak’s younger brother

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• Video: 10 times Roger Federer hit a shot you didn’t see coming.

• Tennis.com has a good interview with Djordje Djokovic, the youngest Djokovic, who is finding it tough to live up to his name.

But as Novak [Djokovic]’s star continued to rise, Djordje [Djokovic]’s path through the massed ranks of gnarled old journeymen and fresh-faced hot shots that make up the lower rungs of the professional tennis ladder was becoming ever more laden with difficulty.

These days, beating a Djokovic — any Djokovic — is a scalp worth having. And as Djordje has found so far, even the tour’s has-beens compete with a renewed vigor when they see him in the draw.

“The other players see my name, but it makes them even more determined,” he said, after a testing first year on the futures circuit which saw him record just two singles victories. “I’m trying to deal with this as best as I can but it makes my job even tougher. On court it feels like they have far more will to win compared to when I watch them play other players.”

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• Mary Carillo got a contract extension with Tennis Channel.

• The BNP Paribas Open catches up with Larry Stefanki, the only wild-card entry to ever win the tournament.

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  • Published On Feb 27, 2014
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