Full Name: Novak Djokovic
Date of Birth: May 22nd, 1987
Place of Birth: Belgrade
Height: 6ft 2in
Turned Professional: 2003
Photo of Novak Djokovic by Carine06
Novak Djokovic is the World Number One. He has contested eight of the last ten Grand Slam finals and has six Grand Slam titles under his belt. He has won the Australian title for the last three years, the first and only player to do so in the history of the Open era. In 2011, Djokovic became only the sixth man to win three Majors in a calendar year.
Djokovic made his first Grand Slam appearance in the 2005 Australian Open and reached the third round of both Wimbledon and the US Open. The Serbian then made his first Grand Slam quarter-final in 2006 at the French Open and moved into the top 40. He won his first ATP Tour title at the Dutch Open and followed up at the Open de Moselle in Metz, breaking into the top 20 for the first time in his career.
In 2007, Djokovic won the ATP Adelaide and the Masters Series event in Key Biscayne, Florida, later adding the Estoril Open. He then reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open, losing to eventual champion Nadal. He also got to the semi-final of Wimbledon following an epic five-hour quarter-final match with Marcos Baghdatis. Djokovic went on to win the Masters Series Rogers Cup in Montreal, claiming victories over Roddick, Nadal and Federer. Djokovic then reached the final of the US Open, losing to Federer in straight sets. Djokovic won his fifth title of the year in Vienna and finished the year as world number 3.
In 2008, Djokovic reached the final of the Australian Open without dropping a set and defeated Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets to provide Serbia with it’s first Grand Slam singles title. He won his ninth singles title at the Masters Series Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, following up at the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome. He was beaten in the semi-finals of the US Open by Federer in four sets but ended the season by lifting his first Tennis Masters Cup title.
In 2009, Djokovic won the singles title at the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships and the Serbia Open in his home town of Belgrade. His third title of the year came in the China Open in Beijing before adding the Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel with victory over Roger Federer in the final. He beat Gaël Monfils at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris to end the year as world number 3 for the third successive season.
Djokovic won his first title of 2010 at the Dubai Tennis Championships and reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon before losing to Tomáš Berdych in straight sets. At the US Open, he overcame a difficult opening match against Viktor Troicki in the opening round to progress to the semi-finals for the fourth consecutive year. Djokovic beat Roger Federer in five sets after saving 2 match points, the first time that he had beaten the Swiss in four attempts at the event. He went on to lose to Nadal in the final. Djokovic successfully defended his at the China Open and retained his world number 3 status.
Djokovic had a phenomenal year in 2011, winning ten tournaments including the Australian and US Opens and Wimbledon. At the Australian Open he beat Andy Murray in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. At Wimbledon and at the US Open, he defeated Nadal in four sets. He finished the season with a 70–6 record and ranked Number 1 in the world. Such was his dominance that he remained undefeated until the French Open semi-finals in June, winning 43 consecutive matches. He also won a record five Masters Series 1000 titles: Indian Wells, Miami, Canada, Madrid and Rome. Further victories came at Dubai and at the Serbia Open. He also set a new prize money record for a single season of 12.6 million dollars.
Djokovic continued in superb form at the start of 2012, retaining his Australian Open title with victory over Nadal yet again. He reached the final after fighting back from two sets to one down against Andy Murray in a match lasting 4 hours and 50 minutes. The final produced another epic, recovering from a break down in the final set to win 7–5. The match lasted 5 hours and 53 minutes, the longest final in Open Era Grand Slam history. He successfully defended his title in Miami. Djokovic reached his first French Open final, giving him the chance to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously. This time victory went to Nadal in four sets. He lost to Federer in the semi-finals of Wimbledon and had to settle for bronze at the London Olympics.
He successively defended his Rogers Cup title and went on to reach his third consecutive final at Flushing Meadows. Britain’s Andy Murray finally claimed his first Grand Slam title in yet another marathon encounter. Djokovic retained his China Open title and beat Murray in the final of the Shanghai Masters before winning the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals. Djokovic claimed his sixth Grand Slam and his third consecutive Australian Open title by beating Murray at the start of 2013.