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Djokovic carries his aspirations on his sleeve

His brashness sits uncomfortably with the public. But it's Novak Djokovic's unyielding willingness to break the concrete ceiling Roger Federer and Rafael have created that makes him such an alluring figure.

Updated: June 5, 2008, 12:06 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Novak Djokovic has his dream scenario at last -- the chance to play both men ranked ahead of him in a Grand Slam and tangibly reshuffle a deck that has remained undisturbed for almost three years now.

Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in back-to-back matches last year in Montreal, but that was with hard court under his sneakers and far less at stake. He can take over the No. 2 spot if he upsets Nadal in Friday's semifinal, where Djokovic is a decided ...

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