Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic was born in Belgrade on May 22, 1987, and is a Serbian national. Many experts believe him to be one of the greatest players of all time, and his haul of six Grand Slams would be even more remarkable if not for the presence of fellow greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. At present, Djokovic just needs the French Open to complete a career Grand Slam, and he has also won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Early Career

Like many future stars, Djokovic began playing tennis from an early age and was spotted when he was 6 years old by Jelena Gencic, a Yugoslav tennis player. She worked with him until age 12, when he moved to Germany. He began playing international tennis at the age of 14, and his professional tennis career began in 2003 primarily in the Futures and Challenger tournaments. He did not play his first Grand Slam event until 2005, and it was an unhappy experience, as he lost to Marat Safin (the eventual winner) in the first round.

Rise to Prominence

It didn’t take long for Djokovic to find his feet in the professional ranks, however, and by the end of 2006, he was ranked in the world’s top 40 players, having reached the quarterfinal of the French Open. By the end of 2007, he was in the world’s top 10, having reached the U.S. Open final only to lose to Roger Federer. Yet this only served to make Djokovic more determined, and he broke his Grand Slam duck in the very next event at the 2008 Australian Open.

Although he was not to win another Grand Slam until 2011, Djokovic enjoyed great success and reached 10 finals in 2009, when he claimed five titles. 2010 was another stellar season, but in the following year, Djokovic not only became the world’s Number 1 star but also emerged as one of the best tennis players of his generation. He won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the French Open titles along with five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, and he defeated Nadal and Federer on multiple occasions.

Cementing His Status

Injury marred the end of his incredible 2011 season, but Djokovic stormed back with his third Australian Open title and had an opportunity to hold all four slams at once before losing to Nadal in the 2012 French Open final. Djokovic briefly lost his Number 1 status but regained it by the end of the season and won his fourth Australian Open title in 2013, which was his sixth Grand Slam overall. He was disappointed to lose the final at Wimbledon but did have the distinction of reaching 100 weeks at Number 1. His incredible Australian Open streak came to an end at the hands of Stan Wawrinka, but Djokovic has since won the 2014 Sony Open tennis tournament.

Personal Life

He is nicknamed “Djoker” because of his pleasant personality and willingness to appear on numerous chat shows on television. Djokovic is known as an extrovert and can also speak several languages, so he is deemed an ideal ambassador for the sport. He has been seen performing amusing impersonations of fellow male and female players and is also a philanthropist. After winning the 2014 Rome Masters, for example, he gave the $500,000 prize money to victims of the recent southeast European floods.
Djokovic still seems to have plenty of miles on the clock and is likely to remain a fixture at the top of the world rankings for many years to come. At the time of writing, he is ranked Number 2 in the world.

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Wimbledon 2013 Wrap-Up

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Blog, Novak Djokovic, Professional Players, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, The Game of Tennis, World Tennis Tournaments | 0 comments

Wimbledon 2013 Wrap-Up

The 2013 edition of Wimbledon, one of the four Grand Slam events on the calendar, took place in London, England from June 24th through July 7th. Roger Federer was the defending men’s champion, while Serena Williams was the red hot favorite to retain the women’s title. Meanwhile, Andy Murray of Scotland was the British hopeful and carried the burden of a nation on his shoulders. It was to be two weeks of drama, action, and plenty of surprises along the way. Men’s Singles Although Rafael Nadal is arguably the greatest clay court player of all...

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10 things learned from Wimbledon 2013

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Blog, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal | 0 comments

10 things learned from Wimbledon 2013

By Dan Imhoff From the very first Monday to the very last Sunday, The Championships 2013 were quite unlike any other. Here are 10 things that Wimbledon.com will remember… 1. Murray becomes the first British man to win Wimbledon in shortsThe long, long wait is over. There was collective disbelief, shock and awe as Great Britain toasted their first home champion since the long-trouser-wearing Fred Perry 77 years ago. “He’s someone I’ve never met, but he’s quite relevant to my career,” Murray said of Perry after ending the drought. On a...

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French Open 2013

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Blog, Novak Djokovic, Professional Players, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams | 0 comments

French Open 2013

The French Open is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments that take place during the year. It is held in Paris and is also known as ‘Roland Garros’ after the famous French aviator. The 2013 event was the 112th edition of the tournament and the winners of the men’s and women’s titles earned 1.5 million euros which is a record amount for the event, though the overall prize fund is the lowest of the four Grand Slams! In the men’s event, Rafael Nadal was big favorite, but would face competition from his usual rivals while Serena Williams was...

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