On the Court
Made his Grand Slam debut at Indianapolis in 2003, reaching the second round following a victory over Nenad Zimonjic. His Grand Slam debut came that same year at the US Open, a first-round defeat by Mark Philippoussis.
Received a wild card at Wimbledon in 2004, losing in the first round to Robby Ginepri. His first Grand Slam win came at the 2005 Australian Open, a victory over Daniele Bracciali. Also made the second round of the French Open that season, upsetting No. 20 Dominik Hrbaty in the first round to enter the Top 100 for the first time at No. 96. Did even better at Wimbledon , making the third round with an upset of No. 23 Tommy Haas.
Made the second round at the Australian Open in 2006, splitting the season between ATP and Challenger level events. Stumbled out of the gate in 2007 with six straight losses before reaching the third round at Indian Wells. Reached the third round at Roland Garros, then the fourth round at Wimbledon , upsetting No. 6 Fernando Gonzalez in the third round, to enter the Top 50 for the first time.
Reached the third round of the Australian Open in 2008, taking No. 1 Roger Federer to five sets in a 7-6(5), 6-7(1), 7-5, 1-6, 8-10 loss. Reached the quarterfinals at Miami , and the fourth round at Wimbledon . Competed at the Beijing Olympics for Serbia , reaching the second round.
Struggled out of the gate in 2009, starting 5-7 and taking on Challenger spots to get his game back to form. Reached the third round at Roland Garros, then reached the finals at Moscow and the semifinals at Vienna .
Began 2010 with a trip to the Chennai semifinals, then cooled off and fell briefly out of the Top 50. Turns things around with a trip to the s-Hertogenbosch finals, the Los Angeles semifinals, the Washington D.C. quarterfinals and a second-round upset of No. 9 Andy Roddick at the US Open to leap to a career-best No. 37.
Returned to Chennai semifinals to begin 2011, and tacked on trip to final at Delray Beach . Was a fourth-round participant at Miami and made the third round at Roland Garros to rise to No. 31 in the world. Made the Eastbourne final, but had to retire due to injury, but still moved into the Top 30 for the first time. Rose to the semifinals at the Rogers Cup, then broke through to the US Open quarterfinals to jump all the way to No. 13 in the world. Finally broke through for his first ATP tournament title at Kuala Lumpur . Added a win at Moscow and another final at St. Petersburg , reaching the ATP World Tour Finals and going 1-1 in round-robin play.
Began 2012 ranked No. 9 and reached the finals at Chennai to back it up. Moved up to No. 8 after a trip to the quarterfinals at Miami,and won Stuttgart over Juan Monaco. Was a semifinalist at the Rogers Cup and Squarterfinalist at the US Open.
Grand Slam Titles: None
Year-End Singles Rankings: 2011: 9th; 2010: 49th; 2009: 38th; 2008: 49th; 2007: 52nd; 2006: 64th; 2005: 139th; 2004: 117th; 2003: 162nd.
Off the CourtIs the son of Pavel and Vesna, and ha sa younger brother named Veljko, who is a student. Is tri-lingual, speaking Serbian, English and Russian. Has a tattoo on his left arm which reads "Beauty will save the world". Enjoys moonlighting as a DJ, and did so at the players' party at Stuttgart in 2012. Married Serbian television host Bilijana Sesevic in 2010, with countryman Novak Djokovic, Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki as guests.