Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has taken the men’s game to a whole new standard, with dynamic power in defence and attack. He has risen to the top of the men’s game, where the other big guns in the game have been struggling to nail down consistency and fitness. Novak Djokovic has simply persisted with a tremendous game of energy. Djokovic first rose to the top of the world in July of 2011 and has rarely looked like letting a grip on it slip through his fingers, although he did for a brief while in 2012. Already in his career, Djokovic has become the 3rd all time leader in earnings behind only Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Novak Djokovic was born in Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia, now Serbia, to Srdan and Dijana Djokovic. He has two younger players as well, both hoping to follow in his footsteps. Novak speaks four languages and he began at the early age of four to play tennis. As a six year old his talented was recognised and went to an academy in Germany at twelve to try and keep up with his natural development. He was already winning titles across Europe when he was 14. An affable figure, Djokovic usually interacts with the crowds, performing dances and impersonations, prompting him to receive the nickname Djoker.
ATP Tour History
Djokovic turned professional in 2003 after a tremendous successful junior career in which he took a 40-11 match record. He was eased into life as professional, operating mostly on the Futures and Challenger Tours, and it wasn’t until 2004 that he entered his first ATP Tour tournament in Umag, losing in the first round there. He had to wait another couple of years to land his first ever ATP Tour title. During the in between years, Djokovic had reached the quarter finals of both the French Open and Wimbledon. In the summer of 2006, Djokovic won the Dutch Open in straight sets against Nicolas Massu in Amersfoort. With another title following that year coming in Metz, the Serbian was up in the top twenty in the world rankings. His first ATP Masters title came in Rome in 2008. While he continued to win Tour titles in the following years, 2011 really saw him arrive in the big time. It was a phenomenal year in which he won 10 titles, three of the four Grand Slams and five of the nine ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles (a season record).
Grand Slam History
The first Grand Slam final for Djokovic came in 2007, reaching the final of the US Open, losing there to Roger Federer. It didn’t take long for Djokovic to break into the Grand Slam club though, winning the 2008 Australian Open. There was a long break then before he managed to add a second. That came at the 2011 Australian Open, beating Andy Murray in the final. Djokovic became the first man in the Open Era to win three consecutive Australian Open titles, when he completed in 2013, again against Andy Murray. In his astounding 2011 season, Djokovic also got his hands on the Wimbledon and US Open titles for the first time.