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Djokovic Jnr is carbon copy of Novak

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Novak Djokovic with his brothers Marko and Djordje after his 2008 Australian Open victory © Getty Images
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Novak Djokovic says that younger brother Djordje could be a future grand slam champion.

The Australian Open champion has played doubles with his 19-year-old brother Marko, but he thinks his 15-year-old brother is the one to watch.

Marko Djokovic is ranked No. 638 in the world after struggling for form and fitness and is considering hanging up his racket.

However, 15-year-old Djordje trains at the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida and has shown signs of emulating his older brother, but Djokovic acknowledges that following in his footsteps must be difficult for his siblings.

"He's very talented, and actually [Radek] Stepanek was just telling me a couple days ago that he practiced him with him and he's a copy/paste of my forehand," Djokovic.

"I'm really happy to see my brothers, especially the younger one, doing well now in tennis. Because it's not easy for them. They're still not matured enough to be able to face these really difficult mental struggles all the time and practising in front of 20, 30 people, because they're carrying the burden of Djokovic family.

"For them it's not really the best situation you can ask for, but it makes them stronger. They are really fighting. They understand that they have to fight their own way through and hopefully they will."

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