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Alex Bogdanovic in action at Queen's Club
Big things are expected of Alex in the future

BBC Sport Academy profiles the rise of young Briton Alex Bogdanovic

Slough may not be the home of British tennis.

But in Alex, the Berkshire town has a potential future Wimbledon champion in the making.

At just 18, "Boggy", as he is affectionately nicknamed, looks set to become Tim Henman's successor as British number one.

And his introduction into the British team for the Davis Cup tie against Australia shows his talents are already being recognised.

He showed what he's capable of after beating Israel's Dudi Sela for the junior title at Queen's in June last year.

And Alex gave 16th seed Nicolas Escude of France a scare in the first round of Wimbledon, forcing him to four sets in his first senior appearance at the All England club.

Alex Bogdanovic with the Queen's junior boy's trophy
The first of many trophies for Alex?

But that's not all.

In 2001, Alex managed to reach the final of the senior British national championships in Bolton, where he eventually lost to Lee Childs.

Not bad considering he beat British number three Martin Lee, then ranked 800 places above him in the world, in straight sets along the way.

And the left-hander believes he has what it takes to get to the very top in tennis.

"My ambition is to become world number one," he said. Confidence is something he's not short of!

Alex has been through a lot for someone so young.

At the age of eight, his parents fled war-torn Yugoslavia to build a better life for the family in England.

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Alex Bogdanovic factfile
Born: 22 May 1984
Place of birth: Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Height: 6ft 1in
Hobbies: Basketball, football
Favourite tennis player: Lleyton Hewitt
Major achievements: Junior Champion, Queen's Club June 2002, Final of the British National Championships Aug 2001, semi-finallist US Open junior championships, Sept 2001

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After beating top seed Martin Lee at the National Championships last year

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