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Meet Serbia's tennis superstars

Published 1102 GMT (1902 HKT) December 19, 2014
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Belgrade-born Novak Djokovic, the world's number one male tennis player, is the poster boy for Serbia's recent athletic resurgence. Chris Hyde/Getty Images
In July, 27-year-old Djokovic won his seventh grand slam title after beating Roger Federer in a five-set Wimbledon thriller. Al Bello/Getty Images
Djokovic celebrates after a historic win against Gael Monfils at the Davis Cup tennis match finals between Serbia and France in December 2010. ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images/file
A former world number one, Ana Ivanovic claimed the 2008 French Open at just 20 years old. After years of injury-related problems, she's recently returned to the elite of female tennis -- the 27-year-old Serbian athlete is the current world number five. Michael Dodge/Getty Images
Ivanovic has known compatriot Djokovic since they were four-year-olds and the pair went on to play in junior tennis competitions together. They have also represented Serbia in doubles in the past. Paul Kane/Getty Image
Ivanovic became a UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia in September 2007, while she has also gone on to appear on the cover of a number of magazines around the world such as FHM, Grazia, Vanity Fair and Cosmopolitan. Last year, Forbes rated her as the ninth highest-paid female athlete in 2013 with total earnings of $7 million -- largely thanks to lucrative sponsorship deals. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Currently the world number 11, Jelena Jankovic is the second highest ranked Serbian behind Ivanovic. The 29-year-old is also a former number one. Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images/file
At 38, Nenad Zimonjic (center) has enjoyed a long and winning singles and doubles career, including Davis Cup victories for Serbia on home turf. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/file
"In the past, we didn't have that much success in individual sports but it turned out to be that our generation was maybe the beginning of something new -- you know to have world number ones, for such a small country, it was amazing," says the father of two. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/file
A four times ATP World Tour title winner, Janko Tipsarevic reached his career high in April 2012 when he rose to world number eight. DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images/file
Ivana Jorovic is an up-and-coming Serbian tennis sensation and a former world junior number one. "We are really strong people and I think that is what makes us so special," says the 17-year-old. Jan Kruger/Getty Images/file