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Novak Djokovic - Serbia
Monte Carlo, Monaco
6'2\ (188 cm)"
176 lbs (80 kg) 176 lbs (80 kg)
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HEAD Youtek Graphene Speed Pro Tennis Racquet
adidas Men`s Adipower Barricade 7.0 Tennis Shoes
On the Court
Turned pro in 2003 at age 15. Made his ATP debut at Umag in July, losing to Filippo Volandri. First win came at Bucharest in September of 2004 as a wild card with an upset of No. 67 Arnaud Clement in the first round before falling to David Ferrer. His Grand Slam debut came courtesy a wild card at the 2005 Australian Open where he lost to No. 4 Marat Safin in straight sets, winning just three games. Notched his first career Grand Slam win at Roland Garros, upsetting No. 71 Robby Ginepri in straight sets. Followed that by reaching the third round at Wimbledon as a wild card to join the Top 100 for the first time at No. 97. Did the same at the US Open with wins over two Top 50 players to move to No. 88. After Wimbledon, played exclusively ATP events the rest of the year and finished the season 11-11.
Played a full ATP slate in 2006 and enjoyed a breakout season with a 40-18 record and two titles. Recorded his first win over a Top 10 player when he upset No. 9 Fernando Gonzalez in the second round at Roland Garros, reaching the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion Rafael Nadal, but rising to No. 40 with the run. Made the fourth round at Wimbledon, then recorded his first ATP title by winning Amersfoot to join the Top 30. His second title came at Metz in October and he joined the Top 20 at No. 16.
Soared even higher in 2007 with a 68-19 record, five titles and a season-ending rank of No. 3 in the world, a spot he has not fallen lower than in the five complete seasons since. Started the year by winning Adelaide, then reached the finals of Indian Wells, his first time to do so at a Masters 1000 tournament to reach No. 10 in the world. Followed that with a victory at Miami, including a win over No. 2 Nadal in the quarterfinals, then won Estoril to climb to No. 5. Battled to the semifinals at Roland Garros before running into Nadal again. Also made the semifinals at Wimbledon but was forced to retire against Nadal at 6-3, 1-6, 1-4. Reached No. 3 after Wimbledon, but did not play again for a month. Won his second Masters 1000 of the year at the Rogers Cup, defeating No. 3 Andy Roddick, No. 2 Nadal and No. 1 Roger Federer in succession. The win over Federer was his first against a player ranked No. 1 in the world. Made the US Open final, his first Grand Slam final, losing to Federer in straight sets. Won Vienna, then played the Tennis Masters Cup for the first time, going 0-3.
Broke through for his first Grand Slam title in 2008, going 64-17 overall with four titles. Defeated Federer in the Australian Open semifinals in straight sets, then rallied past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(2) for the title. Won the title at Indian Wells, including a win over No. 2 Nadal in straight sets in the semifinals. Won Rome, then reached the semifinals at the French Open, losing to Nadal. Won the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics, defeating James Blake in his final match. Lost to Federer in the semifinals of the US Open, then won the Masters Cup with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Nikolay Davydenko.
Set a new personal high for wins in a season with 78 along with five titles in 2009, and finished No. 3 in the world for a third straight year. Retired in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open against Andy Roddick, cutting short his bid to repeat. Won titles at Dubai, Belgrade, Beijing, Paris and Basel, and reached the finals at Miami, Monte Carlo, Halle and Cincinnati.
Dipped in wins (61) and titles (two) in 2010 as Nadal took over the No. 1 rank in the world from Federer. Repeated his title at Dubai, but was knocked out in the quarterfinals of both the Australian Open and Roland Garros. Reached the semifinals at Wimbledon and the finals of the US Open, besting Federer in the semifinals before falling to Nadal in four sets for the title. Took over as No. 2 in the world, and held the ranking until the Barclays when he lost to Federer in the semifinals. Helped Serbia to a come-from-behind victory over France in the Davis Cup finals, winning both of his singles matches.
Enjoyed the best year of his career, and one of the best by any man in the Open Era in 2011, going 70-6, winning 10 titles, including three of the four Grand Slams, and starting the year with a string of 44 straight victories. Started the year with his second Australian Open title, defeating Andy Murray in straight sets for the crown. Proceeded to win Dubai (over Federer), Indian Wells (over #1 Nadal), Miami (over Nadal), Belgrade, Madrid (over Nadal) and Rome (over Nadal) before losing to Federer in four sets in the French Open semifinals. Did not play again until Wimbledon, where he defeated defending champion Nadal for the title, taking the No. 1 ranking away as well, becoming the first man to hold it other than Nadal or Federer since 2003. Went on to win the Rogers Cup, then retired in the final at Cincinnati with an injury. Bounced back to win the US Open crown, again defeating Nadal. Played sparingly the rest of the year but still finished it No. 1 in the world.
Made it back-to-back titles at the Australian Open to start a 2012 that saw him lose and regain the No. 1 ranking while going 75-12 with six titles. Defeated three top five players, including Nadal in three sets, in Sydney. Won Miami over Andy Murray, then lost the French Open final to Nadal in four sets. Was defeated by eventual champion Federer in the Wimbledon semifinals to fall back to No. 2 in the world behind the Swiss, then fell in the bronze medal match of the 2012 Olympics to Juan Martin Del Potro. Won the Rogers Cup, then lost the US Open final in epic fashion to Murray, 6-7(10), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, 2-6. Bounced back to win Beijing and Shanghai to retake the No. 1 spot, then defeated Federer in the finals of the Barclays to end his second straight year at No. 1.
Grand Slam Singles Titles (6):
2008: Australian Open
2011: Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open
2012: Australian Open
2013: Australian Open
Year-End Singles Rankings:
Off the Court
Is the son of Srdjan and Dijana. Began playing at age four. His own company, Family Sports, has three restaurants as well as a tennis academy. In 2012, he won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award as well as the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award.
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