Australian Open Winner Novak Djokovic's Playing Style and His Great Achievement-
He has won five Grand Slam singles titles: the 2008, 2011 and 2012 Australian Open, the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, and the 2011 US Open. In the final, Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in five sets, coming from a break down in the final set to win 7–5. At 5 hours and 53 minutes, the match was the longest final in Open Era Grand Slam history, as well as the longest match in Australian Open history, surpassing the 5 hour and 14 minute 2009 semifinal between Nadal and Fernando Verdasco.
|1||Rafael Nadal||lost to||David Ferrer ||Q-F|
|2||Roger Federer||lost to||Novak Djokovic ||S-F|
|3||Novak Djokovic||def||Andy Murray ||FINAL|
|4||Robin Soderling||lost to||Alexandr Dolgopolov||RND 4|
|5||Andy Murray||lost to||Novak Djokovic ||FINAL|
|6||Tomas Berdych||lost to||Novak Djokovic ||Q-F|
|7||David Ferrer||lost to||Andy Murray ||S-F|
|8||Andy Roddick||lost to||Stanislas Wawrinka ||RND 4|
|9||Fernando Verdasco||lost to||Tomas Berdych ||RND 4|
|10||Mikhail Youzhny||lost to||Milos Raonic||RND 3|
Djokovic at the 2011 Hopman Cup
|Country|| Serbia and Montenegro |
|Residence||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Date of birth||22 May 1987 (1987-05-22)|
|Place of birth||Belgrade, Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career prize money||$35,255,670|
|Grand Slam results|
|Australian Open||W (2008, 2011)|
|French Open||SF (2007, 2008)|
|Wimbledon||SF (2007, 2010)|
|US Open||F (2007, 2010)|
|Tour Finals||W (2008)|
|Olympic Games||Bronze Medal (2008)|
|Highest ranking||No. 114 (November 30, 2009)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2006, 2007)|
|French Open||1R (2006)|
|US Open||1R (2006)|
|Last updated on: September 2, 2010.|
|Competitor for Serbia|
Novak Djokovic (Serbian: Новак Ђоковић, Novak Đoković pronounced [ˈnɔvɑk ˈdʑɔːkɔvitɕ]- born 22 May 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player, who is ranked World No. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
He has won two Grand Slam singles titles, the 2008 and 2011 Australian Open championships, becoming the first player representing Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title and the youngest player in the open era to have reached the semi-finals of all four Grand Slam events. He is also the youngest player in the Open Era to defeat the top 3 players in succession.
He is one of only two players to have defeated Roger Federer at the semifinal stage or later multiple times in Grand Slam tournaments, and also at consecutive tournaments (the other being Rafael Nadal). Djokovic and Nadal are two of only four current players on the ATP tour to have beaten Federer multiple times at Grand Slams. He was also the runner-up at the 2007 and 2010 US Open tournaments (to Federer and Nadal, respectively), and a bronze medalist representing Serbia at the 2008 Olympic Games. In addition, Djokovic won the Tennis Masters Cup in 2008 and has won five Masters Series tournaments. In 2010, he led Serbia to win the Davis Cup. Djokovic finished the ATP Tour as World No. 3 for four consecutive years between 2007 and 2010 (behind Nadal and Federer). Djokovic's highest ranking to date is World No. 2, achieved in February 2010.
He is a double winner of the award The Best Sportperson of Serbia and award for The Best Sportsman by Olympic Committee of Serbia.
Djokovic played in the Masters Series Monte Carlo Open, where he was defeated by David Ferrer in the third round, and in the Estoril Open, where he defeated Richard Gasquet in the final. Djokovic then reached the quarter-finals of both the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome and the Masters Series Hamburg but lost to Nadal and Carlos Moyà respectively. At the French Open, Djokovic reached his first Grand Slam semifinal, losing to eventual champion Nadal.
During Wimbledon, Djokovic won a five-hour quarterfinal against Marcos Baghdatis 7–6 (4), 7–6 (9), 6–7 (3), 4–6, 7–5. In his semifinal match against Nadal, he was forced to retire with back and foot problems.
Djokovic went on to win the Masters Series Rogers Cup in Montreal. He defeated World No. 3 Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals, World No. 2 Nadal in the semifinals, and World No. 1 Federer in the final. This was the first time a player had defeated the top three ranked players in one tournament since Boris Becker in 1994. Djokovic was also only the second player, after Tomáš Berdych, to have defeated both Federer and Nadal since they became the top two players players in the world. After this tournament, Björn Borg stated that Djokovic "is definitely a contender to win a Grand Slam (tournament)."
During the 2007 tournament, Djokovic emerged as a fan favorite with his on-court impressions of other players including Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, and Maria Sharapova
Djokovic won his fifth title of the year at the BA-CA TennisTrophy in Vienna, defeating Stanislas Wawrinka in the final. His next tournament was the Mutua Madrileña Masters in Madrid, where he lost to David Nalbandian in the semifinals 6–4, 7–6 (4). Djokovic, assured of finishing the year as World No. 3, qualified for the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup but did not advance beyond the round robin matches.
He received a golden badge, award for the best athlete in Serbia and Olympic Committee of Serbia has declared for the best sportsman.
Djokovic started the year by playing the Hopman Cup along with fellow Serbian World No. 3 Jelena Janković. He won all his round-robin matches and the team, seeded first, reached the final. They lost 2–1 to the second-seeded American team consisting of Serena Williams and Mardy Fish.
At the Australian Open, Djokovic reached the final without dropping a set, including a victory over two-time defending champion Roger Federer in the semifinals, to reach his second Grand Slam final in a row; by reaching the semifinals, Djokovic became the youngest player to have reached the semifinals in all four grand slams. In the final, Djokovic then defeated unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to earn Serbia's and his first ever Grand Slam singles title in four sets, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 7–6 (2). This marked the first time since the 2005 Australian Open that a Grand Slam singles title was not won by Federer or Nadal.
Djokovic's next result was at the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, lost in the semi-finals to Andy Roddick.
At the Masters Series Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, Djokovic won his ninth career singles title, defeating American Mardy Fish in the three-set final.
Djokovic won his tenth career singles title and fourth Master Series singles crown at the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome. The following week at the Hamburg Masters, Djokovic lost to Nadal in the semi-finals. At the French Open in Paris, Djokovic was the third-seeded player behind Federer and Nadal. Djokovic lost to Nadal in the semifinals in straight sets.
On grass, Djokovic once again played Nadal, this time in the Artois Championships final in Queen's Club, London, losing 7–6 (6), 7–5. At Wimbledon, Djokovic was the third seeded player; however, he lost in the second round to Marat Safin; this ended a streak of five consecutive grand slams where he had reached at least the semifinals.
Djokovic then failed to defend his 2007 singles title at the Masters Series Rogers Cup in Toronto. He was eliminated in the quarter-finals by eighth-seeded Andy Murray 6–3, 7–6 (3). The following week at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Djokovic advanced to the final. In the final, he again lost to Murray in straight sets.
His next tournament was the Beijing Olympics, his first Summer Olympics. He and Nenad Zimonjić, seeded second in men's doubles, were eliminated in the first round by the Czech pairing of Martin Damm and Pavel Vízner. Seeded third in singles, Djokovic lost in the semifinals to Nadal, 6–4, 1–6, 6–4. Djokovic then defeated James Blake, the loser of the other semi-final, in the bronze medal match 6–3, 7–6 (4).
Djokovic started his year by playing in the Kooyong Classic, an exhibition event. In his first match, he defeated Tommy Haas but lost to Fernando Verdasco in his second. Djokovic participated in an exhibition match against Australia's World No. 291 Bernard Tomic in which he lost.
At the Australian Open, Djokovic was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in five sets, 6–7 (8), 7–6 (5), 6–1, 3–6, 1–6, struggling with illness both before the match and from the fourth set onwards. Despite the loss, Djokovic attained a career-high ranking of World No. 2.
He reached the semis of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, losing to Mikhail Youzhny 6–7 (5), 6–7 (6), despite having set points in the second set tiebreak. At the Dubai Tennis Championships in U.A.E., Djokovic reached his second consecutive final at this event after beating all his opponents in 3 sets from the first round onwards. In the final, he defeated Russian Mikhail Youzhny winning, 7–5, 5–7, 6–3 to win his first title of the year. This was the first time in his career that Djokovic had defended a title.
Djokovic then took part in the first Masters 1000 events of the year in North America. At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, he lost in the fourth round to the eventual champion Ivan Ljubičić 5–7, 3–6. At the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, he suffered a shock loss, losing his opening match to Olivier Rochus 2–6, 7–6 (7), 4–6. This was his first opening round defeat since losing to Fabrice Santoro at the 2007 BNP Paribas Masters. Djokovic then announced that he had ceased working with Todd Martin as his coach. He admitted that Martin had attempted to have him change his service motion, a tweaking of technique which caused him to routinely produce a high number of double faults in his matches and significantly reduced the threat on serve.
In 2011 Djokovic started in the Australian exhibition Hopman Cup, where he did not lose a match.
Djokovic then moved on to the first Grand Slam of the year at the 2011 Australian Open, where he was seeded 3rd behind Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer. He started off his Australian Open campaign by beating Marcel Granollers in the first round 6–1, 6–3, 6–1 and then moved on to play Ivan Dodig, defeating him in four sets 7–5, 6–7 (8), 6–0, 6–2. His Davis Cup teammate and close friend Viktor Troicki retired in the 3rd round due to injury, with Djokovic leading 6–2.
Djokovic uses Head rackets, utilizing the first Head YouTek™ Speed Pro racquet, after using Wilson until the end of 2008. In the Australian Open 2011 uses for the first time the new YouTek™ IG Speed MP 18/20 with Innegra™ fibre technology. Djokovic strings in a custom hybrid consisting of Tecnifibre X-One Biphase String in his mains (a type of synthetic gut), and natural gut in his crosses. At the end of 2009, he switched from adidas to Sergio Tacchini after signing a 10-year deal with the Italian clothing company. Djokovic has recently begun to wear custom Red/Blue Adidas 'Barricade 6.0's shoes, referring to the colours of the Serbian national flag.
Grand Slam performance timeline-
To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the 2011 Australian Open.
|Tournament||2003||2004||2005||2006||2007||2008||2009||2010||2011||Career SR||Career W–L||Career Win %|
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||1R||1R||4R||W||QF||QF||W||2 / 7||25–5||83.33|
|French Open||A||A||2R||QF||SF||SF||3R||QF||0 / 6||21–6||77.78|
|Wimbledon||A||A||3R||4R||SF||2R||QF||SF||0 / 6||20–6||76.92|
|US Open||A||A||3R||3R||F||SF||SF||F||0 / 6||26–6||81.25|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||5–4||9–4||19–4||18–3||15–4||19–4||7–0||2 / 25||92–23||80.00|
Grand Slam Finals-
Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups):
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||2007||US Open||Hard||Roger Federer||6–7(4), 6–7(2), 4–6|
|Winner||2008||Australian Open||Hard||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 7–6(2)|
|Runner-up||2010||US Open (2)||Hard||Rafael Nadal||4–6, 7–5, 4–6, 2–6|
|Winner||2011||Australian Open (2)||Hard||Andy Murray||6–4, 6–2, 6–3|