Chủ Nhật, 26 tháng 7, 2015

International Premier Tennis League: Novak Djokovic to Serve For Singapore Slammers in Season 2

The International Premier Tennis League has now expanded to five teams. Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will play for Singapore Slammers in the December 2-20 tournament.

Novak Djokovic to serve for Singapore Slammers in IPTL season 2


Newly-crowned Wimbledon champion and current world number one, Novak Djokovic, will be leading the Singapore Slammers in the second season of the 2015 International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) from December 2-20, 2015. (Djokovic Pace US Open Direct Entry List)
Djokovic's teammates in the new-look Singapore Slammers franchise will feature former world number one Carlos Moya of Spain, Swiss teen sensation Belinda Bencic, current world number 12 Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic, Brazilian doubles specialist Marcelo Melo and rising Australian star Nick Kyrgios, who is the sole survivor of last year's line-up. (Last Man Standing For Novak Djokovic)
The team-based, multi-nation tennis league has expanded to five teams for its second edition with the Japan Warriors joining last season's champions, the Indian Aces. The UAE Royals, the Philippine Mavericks and the Singapore Slammers complete the line-up. The tournament starts in Japan and ends at Singapore's Indoor Stadium.
Top players from both the ATP and WTA tours have confirmed their participation for IPTL 2015. They include the only Asian to play in a Grand Slam final Kei Nishikori (Japan Warriors) along with Rafael Nadal (Indian Aces), Roger Federer (UAE Royals) and Serena Williams (Philippine Mavericks).

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal put out of business by ATO's unforced error

Done it: Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the Wimbledon title against Roger Federer.
Done it: Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the Wimbledon title against Roger Federer. Photo: Jonathan Brady

Tennis champions Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal along with thousands of other sole traders and small business have fallen victim to an overzealous push by the Tax Office to clean up its registers.
The two tennis stars were stripped of their Australian business numbers, Tax Office insiders say, as the ATO moved to rid its registers of what it believed were more than 1 million unused ABNs.
Rafael Nadal and more than 24,000 other ABN holders were still using their registrations, or intended to use them again, when they were booted off the register.
Rafael Nadal and more than 24,000 other ABN holders were still using their registrations, or intended to use them again, when they were booted off the register. Photo: AP
But Rafa, Novak and more than 24,000 other ABN holders were still using their registrations, or intended to use them again, when they were booted off the register.
The ATO says the cancellations were the result of systems functioning "normally" but insiders say the process was botched with the Tax Office, beset by deep cuts to its workforce, moving too quickly to replace discarded public servants with automated systems.
Sources close to the office say a massive backlog has developed of individuals and businesses waiting to be issued with ABNs with the Tax Office conceding there are more than 17,000 applications currently outstanding.

The two tennis champs were among a number of high profile sports people, who compete periodically in Australia, to be affected by the mix-up, tax insiders say.
But the ATO, which has also been under fire after its online tax return system failed to cope with the recent end-of-financial-year rush, says it is meeting its targets for issuing ABNs and ABRs with 93 per cent processed on time.
"This has come about because the organisation is trying, poorly, to automate processes due to
budget and staff cuts," one source told Fairfax Media.
"Someone didn't figure that there are non-resident clients who only lodge business activity statements statements every now and then.
"The sports people along with plenty of others were picked up with the sweep.
"ABR processing is a big mess."
An ATO spokesman said the ATO's systems did not specifically identify a taxpayer as an international sports star and would not confirm that Djokovic and Nadal had been booted off the register.
"We do not specifically identify high profile sportspersons so are not able to comment on that group in particular,"  he said.
But the spokesman confirmed the office of the business registrar, which operates out of the ATO, did undertake periodic sweeps to remove unused numbers and registrations "to ensure the integrity of the register".
"This program identifies registrants that have not shown any signs of business activity in the last four years, such as not declaring any business income," he said.
"These registrations are normally cancelled.
"These registrations may be cancelled automatically on the basis of information available to the registrar.
"In 2014-2015 this program of work cancelled 1.2 million redundant registrations.
"To date approximately two  per cent of these have been reinstated on the spot at the request of the ABN holder."
The spokesman defended the office's record of handling applications for ABNs.
"The ATO is meeting the service standard of 93 per cent of ABN registrations processed within 20 business days," he said.
"We registered more than 700,000 ABNs in 2014-2015.
"Currently there are 17,644 ABN applications in the system."
The two players' managers did not respond to requests for comment.

Thứ Năm, 16 tháng 7, 2015

Novak Djokovic Has History in His Sights After Wimbledon Triumph

By claiming his third title in SW19, Novak Djokovic showed he is ready to dominate the sport as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have done.

Novak Djokovic Wimbledon champ
Novak Djokovic - the Wimbledon 2015 champion!


Victory over Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final brought Novak Djokovic level with his opponent in career meetings at 20 wins apiece. After a triumph that earned the Serb a third title at the All England Club and a ninth major in all, that may seem merely a statistical footnote. But for Djokovic, it gestures towards the wider truth that he is finally beginning to make up ground on Federer, if not in the affections of the public then certainly in the grand sweep of sporting history. (Djokovic Wins Third Wimbledon TitleLove and Marriage Key to Djokovic's Success)
Defeat to the Swiss maestro, which looked an even-money bet when an inspired Federer sent the Centre Court crowd into delirium by staving off six set points to win the second-set tie-break, would have reinforced the impression of Djokovic as a man playing third fiddle in a symphony of unprecedented excellence. But while he remains short of both Federer and Rafael Nadal in terms of majors won - his two biggest rivals have 17 and 14 respectively - he is now in a class of his own on nine. (Steel-Plated Djokovic a Step too Far for Federer)
"He's marching through history right now and we're watching it," said the former world No1 Andy Roddick after a win that lifted Djokovic one slam clear of Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors, Ken Rosewall and Fred Perry. (Third Title Feels as Sweet as First: Djokovic)
Novak Djokovic skywards
How different that picture might have looked had Djokovic foundered, as he had done in six of his previous nine major finals heading into the match. Then the talk would have turned to a man suffering a crisis of confidence after his recent defeat to Stan Wawrinka in the final of the French Open, the only grand slam Djokovic has yet to win. The Serb would have faced accusations not only of a failure of nerve on the game's biggest stages but also of complacency, following his decision not to play a warm-up event on grass for the second year running. (Federer Magnanimous After Defeat by Djokovic)
Instead, Djokovic confirmed that this is his time. This year has seen him at his most dominant since 2011, when he marked his emergence as a genuine rival to Federer and Nadal by winning in Melbourne, London and New York. Until now, he has struggled to match that high-water mark, failing to win more than one major a year. But victory in SW19 suggests that - like Federer and Nadal, who marked their best years by claiming at least two slams a season - Djokovic is ready to dominate the sport in earnest.
Certainly his comments to the press after his 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory spoke of a man with history on his mind. "I'm very proud with all the success that I've had so far in my career," said Djokovic. "If you had said to me as a 14-year-old back in Serbia, trying to find my way, that this was how I was going to end up at 28, of course I would have signed the deal and taken it right away.
"There were a couple of grand slam finals that I think I could have won, but having said that everything happens for a reason. I try to learn from every experience, especially the ones that don't end up victorious for me. I'm going to keep going. I'm 28, I feel good, I don't feel old, I have hopefully many more years in front of me. I'm going to try to push my own limits and see how far I can go."
Whether it will be enough to take him beyond his two great rivals remains to be seen. Federer may have thrown down the gauntlet for good with his seventh Wimbledon title three years ago, but Nadal will surely come again after a season spent labouring unsuccessfully to rediscover his best form. For now, though, Djokovic will train his sights on the US Open, where victory would draw him level with Bill Tilden, the great American champion of the 1920s, on 10 majors. Only a fool would bet against him.

Davis Cup: Andy Murray Looks for Queen's Boost, Serbia Without Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray, the world number three, will be looking for a lift after his Wimbledon semi-final exit to Roger Federer as Great Britain host France a few kilometres away in West London's Queen's Club in the Davis Cup World Group quarter-final from July 17-19

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Andy Murray will be joined on his favoured grass surface by James Ward


Andy Murray will lead Great Britain against France at The Queen's Club as Serbia travel to Argentina without Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic in Davis Cup World Group quarter-final action starting on Friday.
Murray, the world number three, will be looking for a lift after his Wimbledon semi-final exit to Roger Federer as Great Britain host France a few kilometres away in West London's Queen's Club from July 17-19.
Britain will be bidding to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1981 where they will play either Australia or Kazakhstan, who clash in Darwin.
Murray, who lifted a fourth Queen's Club title before Wimbledon, will be joined on his favoured grass surface by James Ward, who reached the third round at Wimbledon, Dom Inglot and brother Jamie, who lost in the men's doubles final on Saturday. (Djokovic Has History in Sight After Wimbledon Triumph)
France have a talented lineup in world number 11 to 13-ranked players, Gilles Simon, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet, alongside doubles specialist Nicolas Mahut.
The French have won the Davis Cup nine times, most recently in 2001, and are joint-third in the all-time list with Britain, who have not triumphed since 1936.
France captain Arnaud Clement said the team had been boosted by good performances at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
Gasquet fell in the semi-finals at SW19 to Djokovic, with Simon reaching the quarter-finals at the All England Club for the first time.
"They had a good Roland Garros, now a good Wimbledon. The guys are in good form. In terms of confidence it's the best we could have hoped for," said Clement ahead of the first Franco-British clash since 1992.
"I think Andy is a good guy to bring in all the other guys to a good level," warned Tsonga, who reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2012.
"Today they have a great team. He has got his brother (Jamie Murray), he has James Ward and a few other guys.
"They play good tennis, they play at home, so for sure they will be a good team."
Kyrgios in spotlight
In Darwin, Australia also play their first quarter-finals since 2006 on grass against Kazakhstan.
Australia's top-ranked player Bernard Tomic has been banned following a rant about Tennis Australia, with Wally Masur's side spearheaded by 20-year-old Nick Kyrgios.
Kyrgios has been declared fit after a thigh-injury scare, and will be joined by Sam Groth, Thanasi Kokkinakis, and veteran Lleyton Hewitt.
Novak Djokovic Wimbledon triumph
Serbia will be without Wimbledon champion Djokovic


Masur said he was sure Kyrgios, ranked 41, would be up to the task.
"I probably shouldn't say it, but he's a future Grand Slam winner," Masur said.
"He's an amazing player. But you don't just walk into those situations. There's a lot of hard work to be done."
Masur remains wary of a Kazakh side that have made the Davis Cup quarter-finals in four of the past five years.
"I'm actually nervous about this tie, because the Kazakhs are really good Davis Cup players," Masur said of his rivals whose top player is 63rd-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin.
"They beat Italy in the first round - Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi - pretty significant wins."
In Buenos Aires, world number one Djokovic will be absent as Serbia take on Argentina in a repeat of the 2011 semi-final, which the South Americans won 3-2.
Djokovic clinched a third Wimbledon and ninth career grand slam on Sunday, with captain Bogdan Obradovic having named Viktor Troicki, ranked 20, and 96th-ranked Dusan Lajovic along with doubles specialists Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic.
Leonardo Mayer will lead Argentina in the absence of injured duo Juan Monaco and Juan Martin del Potro, bidding for a semi-final place against either Canada or Belgium.
Canada will be without their top player Milos Raonic, who is nursing a foot injury, as his side travel to Ostend to play Belgium, who are lead by world number 15 David Goffin

It’s time to talk about Novak Djokovic catching Roger Federer

A DAY after winning Wimbledon for a ninth grand slam title, moving within five of Rafael Nadal’s total and putting him more than halfway to Roger Federer’s record of 17, Novak Djokovic was asked about the possibility of catching his two rivals.
He exhaled.
“I don’t want to say it’s too early to talk about it,” Djokovic began, then interrupted himself with a laugh. “I mean, it’s probably the right time to talk about it.”
It sure is.
The No. 1-ranked Djokovic has firmly established his bona fides as one of the greats of the game by just about any measure, including his three championships at Wimbledon, five at the Australian Open, and one at the US Open.
By getting to grand slam title No. 9, he pushed ahead of quite a group of guys with eight: Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry, Ken Rosewall. Plus, Djokovic is 28, and by all accounts only getting better.
As for chasing the numbers put up by contemporaries Federer and Nadal?
“I’m still far, far away from that. It’s still a long way ahead,” Djokovic said Monday at the All England Club, about 18 hours after earning his third Wimbledon championship, and second in a row, with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (10-12) 6-4 6-3 victory over second-ranked Federer.
“Winning one grand slam, I know what it takes. It’s a lot of effort. A lot of things have to come together. So to reach these two guys would be something incredible. But honestly, I’m not thinking about it now.”
Instead, Djokovic said, he derives motivation from his “passion and love for the sport, and just the joy that I find in playing tennis,” along with a sense of “responsibility” he feels to “keep going and bring joy to myself and to” those closest to him, including his wife and their 8-month-old son, Stefan.
Djokovic also said he feels “like I have many years in front of me”.
That’s probably true, although it will not be easy to maintain the pace he established recently. Over the past 20 grand slam tournaments, Djokovic has reached 15 finals — a Federeresque rate — and won eight. And who were the men who lost to Djokovic in those eight? Federer (two), Nadal (three), and Andy Murray (three).
Not too shabby.
Novak Djokovic roars in delight at defeating Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final.
Novak Djokovic roars in delight at defeating Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final. Source: AP
As Federer put it during the trophy ceremony at Centre Court on Sunday: “Novak played not only great today but the whole two weeks, plus the whole year, plus last year, plus the year before that.”
If it weren’t for a four-set loss to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final, after knocking out Nadal in the quarter-finals, Djokovic would be heading to the US Open, which he won in 2011, with a chance at a calendar-year Grand Slam, just like Serena Williams.
Disappointing as that defeat against Wawrinka was, preventing him from claiming a career Grand Slam, Djokovic recovered quickly.
“Considering where I was, my state of mind, I would say, three, four weeks ago,” Djokovic said Monday, “it’s pretty amazing to be here with you today as the Wimbledon champion”.
It was pointed out to Djokovic that he is the only player who has beaten seven-time Wimbledon champion Federer on the grass of the All England Club, as well as nine-time French Open champion Nadal on the red clay of Roland Garros.
And Djokovic happened to do it in the span of a little more than a month.
“That is a great achievement, now that you mention it,” Djokovic said, leaning back in his chair. “I didn’t think about it, but it feels pretty good. It’s probably an ultimate challenge to win against those two guys on their most preferred surfaces.”
Terrific as Djokovic is — owner of the best return in tennis; a genius along the baseline, thanks in part to a speedy, sliding, body-contorting style that lets him get to nearly every ball — he is intent on improving.
That’s why he brought aboard Boris Becker as a second coach, for example, to help his mental toughness and serve, among other things.
Djokovic’s serve is more of an asset than ever — he saved six of seven break points Sunday — and now he has designs on getting to the net more often.
“There is always something I can work on,” Djokovic said, “and I know I can get my game to a higher level.”

Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic an untouchable pair on top of tennis world

Wimbledon Men's and Women's singles champions Novak Djokovic (R) and Serena Williams dancing on stage at the Champions Dinner in central London.
THOMAS LOVELOCK/AFP/Getty ImagesWimbledon Men's and Women's singles champions Novak Djokovic (R) and Serena Williams dancing on stage at the Champions Dinner in central London.

It was an unexpected way for Wimbledon to end: with the two victorious players gyrating on stage at London’s historic Guildhall to the strains of the Bee Gees’ Night Fever.
“It’s a tradition that had been a little bit forgotten,” said Novak Djokovic, with his characteristic feel for tennis history. And he was right, for what was once the Champions’ Ball was renamed the Champions’ Dinner as long ago as 1977. Until Sunday night, the idea of two newly-crowned players gliding across the dance floor had seemed as out of date as wooden rackets, mullet hairstyles and tiny shorts.
If the celebration was a surprise, the identity of the respective champions was not. Serena Williams has just won her eighth grand slam title from 13 attempts, while Djokovic’s note-perfect display against Roger Federer on Sunday took his tally to three from the past five.
When was the last time that two players had the sport in such an armlock? You probably have to go back to 1969 and the Australian pairing of Rod Laver and Margaret Court, who won seven of the eight majors that year.
While Williams now looks nailed on to equal and probably overtake Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 grand slam titles, the former professionals were musing on Sunday night about Djokovic’s chances of making a similar challenge of his own. Greg Rusedski predicted another five or six majors, and Mats Wilander went further still, suggesting eight or 10. That would take Djokovic past Federer and make him, statistically speaking, the greatest of all time.
“I don’t want to say, it’s too early to talk about it,” Djokovic said, when this possibility was put to him Monday in the All England Club’s interview room. “It’s probably the right time to talk about it, but I am still far, far away from that, it’s still a long way ahead. Winning one grand slam — I know what it takes, it’s a lot of effort, a lot of things have to come together, so to reach these two guys (Federer and Rafael Nadal) would be something incredible. But, honestly, I am not thinking about it now.”
Djokovic is always unfailingly modest on these occasions, talking up the qualities and achievements of his more feted predecessors. He is careful to avoid triumphalism — and yet there is much for him to feel triumphant about, including the unprecedented feat of beating Nadal in Paris and Federer at Wimbledon in the same summer. “That is a great achievement, now that you mention it,” he said, when this point was brought up yesterday. “I didn’t think about it, but it feels pretty good. It’s probably an ultimate challenge to win against those two guys on their most preferred surfaces.”
And then there is the way Djokovic surged back from the frustration of his latest near-miss at Roland Garros. It is only a few weeks since the four-set defeat by Stan Wawrinka that left him holding the runner-up trophy in Paris for a second successive year, and then fixating on the one infuriating gap in his otherwise overflowing trophy cabinet.
AP Photo/Alastair Grant
AP Photo/Alastair GrantNovak Djokovic is always unfailingly modest on these occasions, talking up the qualities and achievements of his more feted predecessors.
“Considering where I was in my state of mind three or four weeks ago, it’s pretty amazing to be here with you today as the Wimbledon champion, because I’ve managed to overcome that huge challenge once again,” he said. “I was just mentally very disappointed, down on myself, and I didn’t know how far that feeling would stay with me, and how long I will feel the traces of Roland Garros. But Wimbledon was just around the corner, so I had to leave that behind and find myself on the court with a new opportunity to win a grand slam.”
Even if we forget the broader picture for a moment and just look at Wimbledon, Djokovic’s third title here puts him in exalted company, equal fourth in the Open era behind only Federer, Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg. This is an astonishing statistic for a man whose movement on grass has often been said to fall short of his mind-boggling court coverage on the other two surfaces. Djokovic himself reckons: “Everything on the grass happens very fast, but in the last five years I think I’ve improved a lot and I would definitely now rate it with hard courts as my most successful surface.”
Yet, if much of the game is contested on the court, even more is played in the mind. It was Djokovic’s ability to deliver on the biggest points that his coach Boris Becker — himself, a three-time Wimbledon champion — celebrated.
“He’s a tough cookie,” Becker said. “I call him a street fighter. When the going gets tough, he gets better. When he bleeds a little bit, he goes forward. That’s his trademark.
Julian Finney/Getty Images
Julian Finney/Getty ImagesSerena Williams now looks nailed on to equal and probably overtake Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 grand slam titles.
“At the beginning of the third set, that was the crucial moment when both had break points. That’s when matches are decided and Novak feels it, he smells it, understands it, when you have to go all in. It can’t always work but at least you have no regrets afterwards. That’s when he took the match away from Roger.”
Since his shock appointment as Djokovic’s head coach 18 months ago, Becker has clearly helped his new charge to relish the struggle. It was noticeable how businesslike Djokovic was in his body language on Sunday, in contrast to previous major finals where he has projected everything from despair to fury or physical exhaustion. And then there was the very different body language of the dance at the Guildhall, the Champions’ Dinner venue. Becker was a factor here too, as Djokovic explained yesterday.
“I suggested the idea to (All England Club chairman) Philip Brook and to Serena and fortunately they accepted it,” he said. “Boris told me that he had a dance with Navratilova when they both won in 1985, but after that there was no dancing. I was very pleased, because Serena is a great dancer.
“I was thinking more of a waltz, something sophisticated, that would blend into the environment of the beautiful hall where we had the dinner. But Serena wanted to move a little bit more, so then we considered other options. And Night Fever came to life.”
Their two-minute boogie may have been no more than the warm-up act. Do not be surprised if this pair of untouchable world-beaters keep dancing for many more slams to come.

Thứ Tư, 8 tháng 7, 2015

Wimbledon: Andy Murray, Roger Federer and, Novak Djokovic in action on men's quarter-finals day

Andy Murray  returns to Wimbledon's Centre Court for his quarter-final against Vasek Pospisil
Andy Murray returns to Wimbledon's Centre Court for his quarter-final against Vasek Pospisil
The world's top four tennis players - Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka - are in action on day nine at Wimbledon as the men's quarter-finals are decided. Follow all the action with our live blog from 12.30pm.
Andy Murray v Vasek Pospisil - Centre Court 1pm
Murray is into his eighth successive Wimbledon quarter-final and takes a 3-0 lead into his match-up with world number 56 Vasek Pospisil, who had never previously got beyond the third round of a major before this Wimbledon.
All their three meetings have come in the last 10 months with the 25-year-old Canadian unable to win a single set.
Pospisil spent more than eight hours on court on Monday, first beating Viktor Troicki in the singles in five sets and then losing a five-setter with Jack Sock against Murray's brother Jamie and John Peers.
"He's played a lot of tennis here which is a positive for him," said Murray.
"But also maybe he's a little bit fatigued. So if that is the case, and I won't bank on that being the case, but if that is the case, I'll try to use that to my advantage."
Pospisil's win over Troicki was his third five-set win in four rounds at the All England Club this year.
Who is Vasek Pospisil? 
Novak Djokovic  will play at Wimbledon for the third day in a row when he plays Marin Cilic on Wednesday
Novak Djokovic will play at Wimbledon for the third day in a row when he plays Marin Cilic on Wednesday
Nocak Djokovic v Marin Cilic - Centre Court
Novak Djokovic is developing a habit of playing Grand Slam matches over two days. He thinks his latest carried-over contest won't have any effect on him on Wednesday.
The defending champion and No. 1 seed at the All England Club will be competing for a third day in a row when he faces ninth seed and US Open champion Marin Cilic for a semi-finals berth.
That's because Djokovic's 6-7, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 victory over No. 14 Kevin Anderson began on Monday, was suspended because of darkness after four sets, and then resumed Tuesday. The good news for Djokovic is he only needed about 45 minutes to wrap things up, and his match against Cilic is scheduled for second on Centre Court on Wednesday, leaving extra time to rest.
"I wouldn't call it a workout," Djokovic said of his final set against Anderson. "It was good that I played another hour on the match court but it was far, far more difficult than just a simple workout."
Roger Federer will play Gilles Simon for a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals
Roger Federer will play Gilles Simon for a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals
Roger Federer v Gilles Simon - Court One at 1pm
Roger Federer is bidding to become the oldest Wimbledon champion and win a record eighth title in 2015.
The Swiss has been virtually untroubled on serve on his way to a 13th Wimbledon quarter-final, just one behind the record of 14 held by Jimmy Connors.
He has yet to drop serve, has faced just two break points in 58 service games and has committed only three double faults.
The last time he dropped serve was in the second set of his opening round win over Philipp Kohlschreiber in Halle -- more than 100 service games ago.
"Maybe the guys are returning terrible," joked Federer.
"Gilles Simon is one of the best return players we have in the game. I would think I'll be tested a lot. So that streak's maybe coming to an end, in my opinion."
Simon, one of three over-30s in the last eight, last made the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam in Australia in 2009.
He trails Federer 5-2 in career clashes. After winning their first two meetings in 2008, the Frenchman has lost five in succession although their only two Grand Slam matches - at the 2011 Australian Open and 2013 French Open - went to five sets.
Stan Wawrinka plays Richard Gasquet in the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Wednesday
Stan Wawrinka plays Richard Gasquet in the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Wednesday
Stan Wawrinka v Richard Gasquet - Court One
French Open champion Wawrinka is in the quarter-finals for the second successive year and is bidding to become just the fifth man to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year.
Wawrinka, the only quarter-finalist not to have dropped a set at the tournament, faces 21st seed Richard Gasquet with the two men locked at 1-1 in career meetings.
Gasquet won their first clash at the Paris Masters in 2006 with the 30-year-old Swiss gaining revenge at the 2013 French Open when he recovered from two sets to love down to win a fourth round encounter.

Djokovic too good on the big points

LONDON -- Men's best-of-five Grand Slam tennis matches are usually grueling, grinding affairs.
But Tuesday's encounter between Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson on Court No. 1 was something completely different.
After four sets and more than three hours Monday, the two saw their fourth-round match suspended because of darkness. That reduced it to a single-set, winner-take-all affair that would be over in a whistling-fast 44 minutes.
It felt more like a UFC contest.
Serving first, Anderson hit three aces in the first game and, for the longest time, seemed unbreakable. Increasingly frustrated, Djokovic began talking to himself -- and anyone in the vicinity who would listen. There were a few screams, too.
But, ultimately, Djokovic mastered the moment. That is to say, himself.
There would be only one small opening -- like the bare spot on a mythological dragon's chest -- and Djokovic managed to exploit it. When Anderson, perhaps realizing he was on the cusp of a career breakthrough, double-faulted back-to-back, Djokovic broke him at 5-all and served out the match.
The final: 6-7 (6), 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-4, 7-5.
"Until the last point," Djokovic said, "I didn't know if I was going to win."
Thus, the No. 1 seed and defending champion escaped a two-set deficit for the fourth time in his career. Djokovic now has a date in Wednesday's quarterfinals with reigning US Open champion Marin Cilic. Don't expect this kind of drama; Djokovic has won all 12 of the matches between them.
"I find that this was one of the most difficult matches I've played at Wimbledon, and maybe in my career," Djokovic said in his off-the-court BBC interview immediately afterward. "I struggled with his serve and tried to use the opportunities on second serves. There wasn't many."
Nevertheless, Djokovic landed softly in a major quarterfinal for the 25th consecutive time. Only Roger Federer (36) and Jimmy Connors (27) have been more consistent at this elite level.
Anderson held two break points in the fourth game, but a running forehand sailed long and a potent Djokovic serve forced Anderson to hit a backhand long. Djokovic, with typically exquisite timing, converted his only break chance.
"He played the big points, really, really well," Anderson allowed. "He just keeps on coming, makes so many balls. A couple of times I hit [a serve] 120 [mph], and he hit it right back to me."
Said Djokovic: "Emotion is present always, going through ups and downs. It's particularly frustrating when you're playing someone who serves so well and you don't get many looks at a break.
"Sometimes it just good to scream and let it all out. That's how I work."
You have to feel for the No. 14-seeded Anderson, a genial 6-foot-8 South African. He had 40 aces, eight of them in the final set, and a staggering total of 71 winners. He knew he had to play aggressively against Djokovic and nearly pulled off one of the greatest upsets here since 2003, when Ivo Karlovic beat defending champion Lleyton Hewitt in the opening round, or two years earlier, when a teenager from Switzerland named Federer stunned four-time defending champion Pete Sampras.
Anderson was seeking the first quarterfinal of his career in his 26th appearance but wound up with a footnote that may haunt him forever. Anderson is the first player in the Open era to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament seven times and fail to take the next step to the quarters. This was his first five-set loss after five consecutive triumphs in maximum-length matches.
"Obviously, [it's] very tough," Anderson said. "I think quite a few mixed emotions. Obviously there's a lot of positives to take from that. I think I gave myself a really good shot.
"On the flip side, I was disappointed. My goal was to progress further at the Slam than I have. I came a lot closer than I have in the past."
Djokovic, meanwhile, is looking for his third Wimbledon title, which would equal that of his coach, Boris Becker.
"That was high-quality tennis," Djokovic said. "I was two sets down, so to win in five set definitely gives me great satisfaction and confidence.
"It was frustrating at times, but I managed to go through, and that's what matters."

Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic
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Djokovic at the 2014 Internazionali BNL d'Italia
Country Yugoslavia (2001–03)[1]
 Serbia and Montenegro(2004–2006)
 Serbia (2006–present)
ResidenceMonte CarloMonaco
Born22 May 1987 (age 28)
BelgradeSFR Yugoslavia
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Turned pro2003
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es)Dejan Petrovic (2004–2005)
Riccardo Piatti (2005–2006)
Marián Vajda (2006–)
Mark Woodforde (2007)
Todd Martin (2009–2010)
Boris Becker (2013–)
Prize money$79,387,662
Career record645–143 (81.85% in Grand Slamand ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles53 (10th in the Open Era)
Highest rankingNo. 1 (4 July 2011)
Current rankingNo. 1 (29 June 2015)[3]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (2008201120122013,2015)
French OpenF (201220142015)
WimbledonW (20112014)
US OpenW (2011)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsW (2008201220132014)
Olympic GamesBronze medal.svg Bronze medal (2008)
Career record37–52
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 114 (30 November 2009)
Current rankingNo. 302 (29 June 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2006, 2007)
French Open1R (2006)
Wimbledon2R (2006)
US Open1R (2006)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2010)
Hopman CupF (20082013)
Last updated on: 22 June 2015
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Signature of Novak Djokovic.
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Serbia
Men's Tennis
Bronze medal – third place2008 BeijingSingles
Novak Djokovic (SerbianNovak Đoković, Новак Ђоковићpronounced [nôʋaːk d͡ʑôːkoʋit͡ɕ]; born 22 May 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).[4] He is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time.[a]
Djokovic has won eight Grand Slam singles titles and has held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a total of 153 weeks. By winning three Grand Slam titles in 2011, Djokovic became the sixth male player to win three Grand Slams in a calendar year. By reaching the 2012 French Open final, he became the ninth player in the Open Era to reach the final of all four Grand Slam singles tournaments and became only the fifth to do so consecutively. Amongst other titles, he won the ATP World Tour Finals in 2008,20122013, and 2014 and was on the Serbian team which won the 2010 Davis Cup. He also won the Bronze medal in men's singles at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He has won 24 Masters 1000 series titles, breaking a single-season record with five titles in 2011. This places him second on the list of Masters 1000 winners since its inception in 1990.
He holds several men's world records of the Open Era: becoming the youngest player in the Open Era to have reached the semifinals of all four Grand Slam events both separately and consecutively;[17] the first and only man to win three consecutive Australian Open titles in the Open Era, as well as the only man in the Open Era to win 5 Australian Open titles overall;[18] and playing the longest Grand Slam men's singles final in history (5 hours 53 minutes).[19] Djokovic's ATP tournament records include winning 31 consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series matches, playing in the finals at all nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments (a record shared by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal), and being the only player to win eight.[20][21] Djokovic holds the best winning percentage (83.33%) at hard court matches[22] and the only player in the Open Era to win first three masters in a year (2015: Indian Wells, Miami Open and Monte Carlo).
Djokovic is the first Serbian player to win multiple Grand Slams and the first Serbian player to rank No. 1 for more than 100 weeks. He is the first male player representing Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title. Djokovic has won numerous awards, including the 2012 and 2015 Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year[23] and the 2012 and 2013 Best Male Tennis Player ESPY Award. He has won the ATP World Tour Player of the Year three times - in 2011, 2012 and 2014, and the ITF World Championaward four times consecutively, from 2011 to 2014. He is a recipient of the Order of St. Sava[24] and the Order of the Star of Karađorđe.[25]


  • 1 Early and personal life
  • 2 Tennis career
    • 2.1 Start of career
    • 2.2 2006: First ATP titles
    • 2.3 2007: Reaching the top 10 and first Major final
    • 2.4 2008: First Major title and Olympic Bronze Medal
    • 2.5 2009: Ten finals, five titles and emergence of the Big Four
    • 2.6 2010: Davis Cup title and US Open runner-up
    • 2.7 2011: Three Majors, five Masters & ascent to No. 1
    • 2.8 2012: Reclaiming the No. 1 spot
    • 2.9 2013: Sixth Grand Slam title and 100 weeks at No. 1
    • 2.10 2014: Second Wimbledon title & return to No. 1
    • 2.11 2015: Fifth Australian Open title and 50th career title
  • 3 Rivalries
    • 3.1 Djokovic vs. Nadal
    • 3.2 Djokovic vs. Federer
    • 3.3 Djokovic vs. Murray
    • 3.4 Djokovic vs. Tsonga
    • 3.5 Djokovic vs. Wawrinka
  • 4 Place among the all-time greats
  • 5 Playing style and equipment
    • 5.1 Coaching and personal team
  • 6 Sponsorships and business ventures
    • 6.1 Investments
  • 7 In popular culture
  • 8 Career statistics
    • 8.1 Grand Slam tournament performance timeline
    • 8.2 Year–End Championships performance timeline
    • 8.3 Records
  • 9 Awards and honours
    • 9.1 List of awards
    • 9.2 Orders and special awards
  • 10 See also
  • 11 Notes
  • 12 References
  • 13 Further reading
  • 14 External links

Early and personal life[edit]

Djokovic was born on 22 May 1987 in BelgradeSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, to parents Srđan and Dijana (néeŽagar). His two younger brothers, Marko and Đorđe, are also tennis players with professional aspirations.[26] Residing in Monte Carlo, Djokovic was coached by former Slovak tennis player Marián Vajda from 2006 until Boris Becker took over the role of Head Coach in December 2013.[27] Similar to Roger Federer, Djokovic is a self-described fan of languages, speaking Serbian, English, French, German and Italian.[28][29]
He met his future wife, Jelena Ristić, in high school, and began dating her in 2005.[30] The two became engaged in September 2013[31] and on 10 July 2014 the couple got married on Sveti Stefan in Montenegro,[32] while a church wedding was held in the same place, on 12 July 2014, in the Church of Saint Stephen (SerbianЦрква Светог Архиђакона Стефана) which belongs to Praskvica Monastery.[33] On 24 April 2014, Djokovic announced that he and Ristić were expecting their first child.[34] His son Stefan was born on 21 October 2014.[35]
Djokovic's parents, Srđan and Dijana.
Djokovic began playing tennis at the age of four.[36] In the summer of 1993, the six-year-old was spotted by Yugoslav tennis playerJelena Genčić[37] at Mount Kopaonik, where Djokovic's parents ran a fast-food parlour.[38] Upon seeing Djokovic play tennis, she stated: "This is the greatest talent I have seen since Monika Seleš."[26] Genčić worked with young Djokovic over the following six years before realizing that, due to his rapid development, going abroad in search of increased level of competition was the best option for his future. To that end, she contacted Nikola Pilić and in September 1999 the 12-year-old moved to the Pilić tennis academy in Oberschleißheim, Germany, spending four years there.[39] At the age of 14, he began his international career, winning European championships in singles, doubles, and team competition.[26]
Djokovic is known for his often humorous off-court impersonations of his fellow players, many of whom are his friends.[40] This became evident to the tennis world after his 2007 US Open quarterfinal win over Carlos Moyá, where he entertained the audience with impersonations of Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova. His impersonations have also become very popular on YouTube.[40]Djokovic also did an impression of John McEnroe after his fourth round match victory at the 2009 US Open, before playing a brief game with McEnroe, much to the delight of the audience.[41] Novak Djokovic is a member of the "Champions for Peace" club, a group of famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.[42]
Djokovic adheres to Eastern Orthodoxy in the Serbian Orthodox Church. On 28 April 2011, Patriarch Irinej of Serbia awarded Djokovic the Order of St. Sava I class, the highest decoration of the Serbian Orthodox Church, because he demonstrated love for the church, and because he provided assistance to the Serbian people, churches andmonasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo.[43] Djokovic is a keen fan of Serbian football club Red Star Belgrade,[44] Italian club A.C. Milan[45] and Portuguese clubS.L. Benfica.[46] He is good friends with fellow Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic, whom he has known since the two were children growing up in Serbia, through Djokovic's uncle and Ivanovic's father.[47]

Tennis career[edit]

Start of career[edit]

As a member of the Yugoslav national team, Djokovic reached the final of the 2001 Junior Davis Cup for players under 14, in which he lost his match in singles.[1] In juniors, Djokovic compiled a singles win/loss record of 40–11 (and 23–6 in doubles), reaching a combined junior world ranking of No. 24 in February 2004.[48] At the junior Grand Slam tournaments his best showing was at the Australian Open where he reached the semifinals in 2004.
Djokovic became a professional in 2003.[49] At the beginning of his professional career, he mainly played in Futures and Challenger tournaments, winning three of each type from 2003 to 2005. His first tour-level tournament was Umag in 2004, where he lost to Filippo Volandri in the round of 32.[50]
Djokovic made his first Grand Slam appearance by qualifying for the 2005 Australian Open, where he was defeated by eventual champion Marat Safin in the first round in straight sets, after defeating future rival Stanislas Wawrinka in qualifying.[51][52] However, he went on to reach the third round of both Wimbledon and the US Open, coming back from two sets down to defeat Guillermo García-López in the former, and beating Gaël Monfils and Mario Ančić in the latter. Djokovic participated in four Masters events and qualified for two of them, his best performance coming in Paris, where he reached the third round and defeated fourth seed Mariano Puerta along the way.[53]

2006: First ATP titles[edit]

Djokovic became one of the 40 best players in the world singles rankings after making his first quarter-final appearance at a Grand Slam, coming at the French Open, and also by reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon that year.[54]
Three weeks after Wimbledon, Djokovic won his first ATP title at the Dutch Open in Amersfoort without losing a set, defeating Nicolás Massú in the final. He won his second career title at the Moselle Open in Metz, and moved into the top 20 for the first time in his career.[55] Djokovic also reached his first career Masters quarterfinal at Madrid during the indoor hardcourt season.[56]
On 9 April 2006, Djokovic clinched a decisive Davis Cup win against Great Britain by defeating Greg Rusedski in four sets in the fourth match of the tie, giving Serbia and Montenegro an insurmountable 3–1 lead in their best-of-five series, thus keeping the country in the Group One Euro/African Zone of Davis Cup. Afterwards, Djokovic briefly considered moving from Serbia to play for Great Britain.[57] Following this match-up, the British media spoke of Djokovic's camp negotiating with the Lawn Tennis Associationabout changing his international loyalty by joining British tennis ranks.[57] The nineteen-year-old Djokovic, who was ranked sixty-third in the world at the time, mostly dismissed the story at first by saying that the talks were not serious, describing them as "the British being very kind to us after the Davis Cup."[58] However, more than three years later, in October 2009, Djokovic confirmed that the talks between his family and the LTA throughout April and May 2006 were indeed serious:
Britain was offering me a lot of opportunities and they needed someone because Andy [Murray] was the only one, and still is. That had to be a disappointment for all the money they invest. But I didn't need the money as much as I had done. I had begun to make some for myself, enough to afford to travel with a coach, and I said, 'Why the heck?' I am Serbian, I am proud of being a Serbian, I didn't want to spoil that just because another country had better conditions. If I had played for Great Britain, of course I would have played exactly as I do for my country but deep inside, I would never have felt that I belonged. I was the one who took the decision.[59]

2007: Reaching the top 10 and first Major final[edit]

Djokovic began 2007 by defeating Australian Chris Guccione in the final of the tournament in Adelaide, before losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open to eventual champion Roger Federer[60] in straight sets. His performances at the Masters Series events in Indian Wells, and Key Biscayne, where he was the runner-up and champion respectively, pushed him into the world's top 10.[55] Djokovic lost the Indian Wells final to Rafael Nadal, but defeated Nadal in Key Biscayne in the quarterfinals before defeatingGuillermo Cañas for the title in the finals.[61]
After winning his first Master Series title, Djokovic returned to Serbia to help his country enter the Davis Cup World Group[62] in a match against Georgia. Djokovic won a point by defeating Georgia's George Chanturia.[63] Later, he played in the Monte Carlo Masters, where he was defeated by David Ferrer in the third round, and at the Estoril Open, where he defeated Richard Gasquet in the final.[64] Djokovic then reached the quarterfinals of both the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome, where he lost to Nadal, and the Hamburg Masters, where he was defeated by Carlos Moyà. At the French Open, Djokovic reached his first Grand Slam semi-final, losing to eventual champion Nadal.[65]
At Wimbledon, Djokovic won a five-hour quarterfinal against Marcos Baghdatis. In his semi-final match against Nadal, he was forced to retire with elbow problems in the third set, after winning the first and losing the second set.[66]
Djokovic during his first round match against Robin Haase at the 2007 US Open.
Djokovic's next tournament was the Rogers Cup in Montreal, and 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.[67] Djokovic was also only the second player, after Tomáš Berdych, to have defeated both Federer and Nadal since they became the top two players in the world. After this tournament, Björn Borg stated that Djokovic "is definitely a contender to win a Grand Slam (tournament)."[68] The following week at the Cincinnati Masters, Djokovic lost in the second round to Moyà in straight sets. Nevertheless, he went on to reach the final of the US Open, where he had five set points in the first set and two in the second set, but lost them all before losing the match in straight sets to the top-seeded Federer.[69]
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 Madrid Masters, where he lost to David Nalbandian in the semi-finals. 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 the Golden Badgeaward for the best athlete in Serbia, and the Olympic Committee of Serbia declared him the best athlete in the country.[70]
Djokovic played a key role in the 2007 play-off win over Australia by winning all his matches and helping promote the Serbia Davis Cup team to the 2008 World Group.[71] In Serbia's tie against Russia in Moscow in early 2008, Djokovic was sidelined due to influenza and was forced to miss his first singles match. He returned to win his doubles match, teaming with Nenad Zimonjić, before being forced to retire during his singles match with Nikolay Davydenko.[72]

2008: First Major title and Olympic Bronze Medal[edit]

Djokovic started the year by playing the Hopman Cup with fellow Serbian world No. 3 Jelena Janković. While he won all his round-robin matches, the team lost 1–2 in the final to the second-seeded American team of Serena Williams and Mardy Fish. At the Australian Open, Djokovic reached his second consecutive Grand Slam final without dropping a set, including a victory over three-time defending champion Federer in the semi-finals.[73] By reaching the semi-finals, Djokovic became the youngest player to have reached the semifinals in all four Grand Slams.[74] In the final, Djokovic defeated unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets to earn his first Grand Slam singles title.[75] This marked the first time since the 2005 Australian Open that a Grand Slam singles title was not won by Federer or Nadal.[75]
Djokovic at the 2008 Pacific Life Open.
Djokovic's next tournament was the Dubai Tennis Championships, where he lost in the semifinals to Roddick. At the Pacific Life Masters in Indian Wells, Djokovic won his ninth career singles title, needing three sets to defeat American Mardy Fish in the final.[76] Djokovic won his tenth career singles title and fourth Master Series singles crown at the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome after defeating Wawrinka in the final.[77] The following week at the Hamburg Masters, he lost to Nadal in the semi-finals. At the French Open, Djokovic was the third-seeded player behind Federer and Nadal. He lost to Nadal in the semi-finals in straight sets.[78]
On grass, Djokovic once again played Nadal, this time in the Artois Championships final in Queen's Club, where he lost in two sets. Djokovic entered Wimbledon seeded third but lost in the second round to Safin, ending a streak of five consecutive Grand Slams where he had reached at least the semi-finals.[79]
Winning the Masters Cup.
Djokovic then failed to defend his 2007 singles title at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. He was eliminated in the quarter-finals by eighth-seeded Andy Murray. The following week at the Cincinnati Masters, Djokovic advanced to the final, beating Nadal. In the final, he again lost to Murray in straight sets. His next tournament was the 2008 Summer Olympics, his first 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. Djokovic then defeated James Blake, the loser of the other semi-final, in the bronze medal match.[80]
After the Olympics, Djokovic entered the US Open seeded third, where he defeated Roddick in the quarter-finals. To a smattering of boos in a post-match interview, Djokovic criticized Roddick for accusing him of making excessive use of the trainer during matches.[81] His run at the US Open ended in the semi-finals when he lost to Federer in four sets, in a rematch of the previous year's final. Djokovic went on to play four tournaments after the US Open. At the Thailand Open, he lost to Tsonga in straight sets. In November, Djokovic was the second seed at the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai. In his first round-robin match, he defeated Argentine Juan Martín del Potro in straight sets. He then beatNikolay Davydenko in three sets, before losing his final round-robin match against Tsonga. Djokovic qualified for the semifinals, where he defeated Gilles Simon. In the final, Djokovic defeated Davydenko to win his first Tennis Masters Cup title.[82]

2009: Ten finals, five titles and emergence of the Big Four[edit]

Djokovic started the year at the Brisbane International, where he was upset by Ernests Gulbis in the first round.[83] At the Sydney International, he lost to Jarkko Nieminen in the semifinals.[84] As defending champion at the Australian Open, Djokovic retired from his quarterfinal match with former world No. 1 Andy Roddick.[85]
After losing in the semifinals of the Open 13 tournament in Marseille to Tsonga, Djokovic won the singles title at the Dubai Tennis Championships, defeating Ferrer to claim his twelfth career title.[86] The following week, Djokovic was the defending champion at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, but lost to Roddick in the quarter-finals. At the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Djokovic beat Federer in the semi-finals, before losing to Murray in the final.[87]
Djokovic during the 2009 US Open
Djokovic reached the final of the next ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event, the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on clay, losing to Nadal in the final. At the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, Djokovic failed to defend the title he had won the previous year, losing in the final.[88]
Djokovic was the top seed at his hometown tournament, the Serbia Open in Belgrade. He defeated first-time finalist Łukasz Kubot to win his second title of the year.[89] As third seed at the Madrid Open, Djokovic advanced to the semi-finals without dropping a set. There, he faced Nadal and lost despite holding three match points. The match, at 4 hours and 3 minutes, was the longest three-set singles match on the ATP World Tour in the Open Era.[90] At the French Open, he lost in the third round to German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Djokovic began his grass court season at the Gerry Weber Open where, after the withdrawal of Federer, he competed as the top seed. He advanced to the final, where he lost to German Tommy Haas.[91] Djokovic also lost to Haas in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.[92]
During the US Open Series, Djokovic made the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal before losing to Roddick. At the Cincinnati Masters, Djokovic defeated third-ranked Nadal in the semi-finals before losing in the final to world No. 1 Federer.[93] At the US Open, Djokovic made the semifinals, having dropped only two sets, defeating Ivan Ljubičić, 15th seed Radek Štěpánek and 10th seed Fernando Verdasco before being defeated by Federer.[94]
At the China Open in Beijing, Djokovic defeated Victor HănescuViktor Troicki, Verdasco, and Robin Söderling en route to the final, where he defeated Marin Čilić in straight sets to win his third title of the year.[95] Djokovic then lost in the semi-finals of the inaugural Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 to Davydenko. At the Swiss Indoors in Basel, Djokovic defeated Jan Hernych to make it to the quarter-finals,[96] where he recovered from a deficit to defeat Wawrinka before going on to win his semi-final against Štěpánek. In the final, he defeated home favourite and three-time defending champion Federer to win his fourth title of the year.[97] At the last Masters 1000 event of the year at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, Djokovic won his first Masters 1000 title of the year by defeating Nadal in the semi-finals,[98] before outlasting Gaël Monfils in the final.[99]
Coming into the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London as the defending champion, Djokovic defeated Davydenko in his first round-robin match[100] before losing his second match to Söderling.[101] Despite victory over Nadal in his third round-robin match, Djokovic failed to make the semi-finals.[102] Djokovic ended the year as the world No. 3 for the third consecutive year, having played 97 matches, the most of any player on the ATP World Tour, with a 78–19 win-loss record. In addition to leading the ATP World Tour in match wins, he reached a career best ten finals, winning five titles. Djokovic also played a large role in promoting Serbia to the 2009 World Group. On 6–8 March 2010, he played a key role in bringing Serbia to the World Group quarter-finals for the first time in its independent history, winning both singles matches in the home tie against the United States against Sam Querrey and John Isner.[103]

2010: Davis Cup title and US Open runner-up[edit]

Main article: 2010 Novak Djokovic tennis season
Djokovic started his year by playing in the AAMI Classic, an exhibition event. In his first match, he defeated Haas before losing to Fernando Verdasco in his second.[104] At the2010 Australian Open, Djokovic lost a five-setter to Tsonga in the quarter-finals.[105] Despite the loss, he attained a career-high ranking of world No. 2 and went on to reach the semifinals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, where he lost to Youzhny. At the Dubai Tennis Championships, Djokovic reached the final, this time defeating Youzhny to win his first title of the year.[106]
Djokovic then took part in Serbia's Davis Cup tie against the United States on clay in Belgrade and helped his country reach its first quarter-final in the Davis Cup with a 3–2 victory, defeating Querrey and Isner. At the Indian Wells Masters, Djokovic lost in the fourth round to Ljubičić. At the Miami Masters, he lost in his opening match to Olivier Rochus. Djokovic then announced that he had ceased working with Todd Martin as his coach.[107]
In his first clay-court tournament of the year at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, top-seeded Djokovic reached the semi-finals with wins over Wawrinka and David Nalbandianbefore losing to Verdasco. Djokovic again lost to Verdasco at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, this time in the quarter-finals.[108] As the defending champion at his hometown event, the Serbia Open in Belgrade, he withdrew in the quarter-finals while trailing Filip Krajinović.[109]
Djokovic entered the French Open seeded third. He defeated Evgeny KorolevKei Nishikori, Victor Hănescu, and Robby Ginepri en route to the quarter-finals, where he lost toJürgen Melzer in five sets.[110] Djokovic entered Wimbledon as the third seed, defeating Rochus, Taylor DentAlbert MontañésLleyton Hewitt, and Yen-Hsun Lu en route to the semi-finals, which he lost to Tomáš Berdych in straight sets.
Djokovic then competed at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, where he lost to Federer in the semifinals. Djokovic also competed in doubles with Nadal in a one-time, high-profile partnership. This had not happened since 1976, when Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe as world No. 1 and No. 2 paired together as a doubles team.[111] They lost in the first round to Canadians Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil. Djokovic then lost to Roddick in the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters.
Djokovic at the 2010 US Open
As the third seed at the US Open, Djokovic came very close to losing in his opening round against Viktor Troicki in extreme heat. He then defeated Philipp Petzschner, James Blake, Mardy Fish, and number 17 seed Gaël Monfils, all in straight sets, to reach the US Open semi-finals for the fourth consecutive year. There, he defeated Federer in five sets after saving two match points with forehand winners while serving to stay in the match at 4–5 in the 5th set. It was Djokovic's first victory over Federer at the US Open in four attempts, and his first victory over Federer in a Major since the 2008 Australian Open. Djokovic went on to lose to Nadal in the final, a match that saw Nadal complete his career Grand Slam.[112]
After helping Serbia defeat the Czech Republic 3–2 to make it to the Davis Cup final, Djokovic competed at the China Open as the top seed and defending champion. He won the title for the second successive year, after defeating Maoxin Gong, Mardy Fish (walkover),Gilles Simon, and John Isner en route to the final. Djokovic then defeated Ferrer in the final. At the Shanghai Masters, Djokovic made a semi-final appearance, losing to Federer. Djokovic played his final tournament of the year at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Djokovic was placed in Group A along with Nadal, Berdych, and Roddick. Djokovic won his first round-robin match against Berdych. He next lost to Nadal. He defeated Roddick in his final round-robin match and advanced to the semi-finals, where he lost to Federer in two sets.
Djokovic went on to win his two singles rubbers in Serbia's Davis Cup finals victory over France. This started a long unbeaten run that went on into 2011. Djokovic finished the year ranked world No. 3, his fourth successive finish at this position. He was awarded the title "Serbian Sportsman of the year" by the Olympic Committee of Serbia[113] and "Serbian Athlete of the year" by DSL Sport.[114]
Serbia progressed to the Davis Cup final, following the victories over Croatia (4–1) and the Czech Republic (3–2). Serbia came from 1–2 down to defeat France in the final tie 3–2 in Belgrade to win the nation's first Davis Cup Championship. In the final, Djokovic scored two singles points for Serbia, defeating Gilles Simon and Gaël Monfils.[115] He was the backbone of the Serbian squad, going 7–0 in singles rubbers to lead the nation to the title, although the honour of winning the deciding rubber in the final went to compatriot Viktor Troicki.

2011: Three Majors, five Masters & ascent to No. 1[edit]

Main article: 2011 Novak Djokovic tennis season
Novak Djokovic celebrates his 2011 Wimbledon semi-final win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Victory meant that Djokovic successfully clinched the ATP world No. 1 Ranking for the first time in his career on 1 July 2011. He also reached his first ever Wimbledon final, which he eventually won.
Djokovic celebrates upon defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and clinching the world No. 1 ranking following his victory in the semi-finals of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.
Djokovic won ten tournaments in 2011,[38] including Grand Slam tournament victories at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.[38] Djokovic also captured a record-breaking five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles,[38][116] and set a new record for the most prize money won in a single season on the ATP World Tour ($12 million).[38] His level dropped at season's end beginning with a back injury and ended with a poor showing at the ATP World Tour Finals. Djokovic finished the season with a 70–6 record and a year-end ranking of world No. 1.
Pete Sampras declared Djokovic's 2011 season as the best he has ever seen in his lifetime, calling it "one of the best achievements in all of sports."[117] Boris Becker called Djokovic's season "one of the very best years in tennis of all time," adding that it "may not be the best statistically, but he's beaten Federer, he's beaten Nadal, he's beaten everybody that came around to challenge him in the biggest tournaments in the world."[118] Rafael Nadal, who lost to Djokovic in six finals on three different surfaces, described Djokovic's performances as "probably the highest level of tennis that I ever saw."[119] Djokovic was named 2011 ITF World Champion.[120] He also received the Golden Bagel Award by winning 13 sets with the result of 6–0 during the season.[121]
In the semi-finals of the 2011 Davis Cup, Djokovic played a crucial rubber match for Serbia against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina, where he retired while trailing, after reaggravating a back injury sustained during the US Open tournament. This secured Argentina's place in the final. This marked Djokovic's third loss of his 2011 season, and his second retirement.[122]

2012: Reclaiming the No. 1 spot[edit]

Main article: 2012 Novak Djokovic tennis season
Djokovic reached his first French Open final in 2012.
Djokovic began his season by winning the 2012 Australian Open. He won his first four rounds against Paolo Lorenzi,[123] Santiago GiraldoNicolas Mahut and Lleyton Hewitt, respectively. In the quarter-finals he defeated David Ferrer in three sets. In the semi-final, Djokovic beat Murray in five sets after 4 hours and 50 minutes, coming back from a two-sets-to-one deficit and fending off break points at 5-all in the fifth set.[124] In the final, Djokovic beat 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 semi-final between Nadal and Fernando Verdasco.[125]
Djokovic was beaten by John Isner in the semi-finals at Indian Wells. He successfully defended his title in Miami. In the Monte Carlo final, he lost in straight sets to Nadal, unable to prevent Nadal from earning his record-breaking eighth consecutive title there. Djokovic also lost in straight sets to Nadal at the Rome Masters 2012 final.[126]
Djokovic reached his maiden French Open final in 2012 by defeating Federer,[127] reaching the finals of all four Grand Slams consecutively. Djokovic had the chance to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles at once, having won last year'sWimbledon and US Open titles as well as this year's Australian Open, but was beaten by Nadal in the final in four sets.[128][129] Following the French Open, Djokovic was unsuccessful in defending his Wimbledon title from the prior year, losing to Roger Federer in four sets in the semifinals.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Djokovic was chosen as the flag bearer for Serbia.[130] On 2 August 2012, Djokovic defeated French fifth seed Tsonga and advanced to the semi-finals of Olympics, where he was beaten by Murray in straight sets.[131] In the bronze medal match he lost to Del Potro, finishing 4th.[132]He successively defended his Rogers Cup title, dropping just a single set to Tommy Haas. Following the Rogers Cup, Djokovic would make the finals of the Cincinnati Masters but lost to Roger Federer in straight sets.[133]
At the US Open on 9 September, Djokovic reached his third consecutive final at Flushing Meadows by beating fourth-seeded David Ferrer in a match suspended a day earlier due to rain.[134][135] He then lost the final to Murray in five sets.[136] Djokovic went on to defend his China Open title, defeating Tsonga in straight sets.[137] The following week he won the Shanghai Masters by defeating Murray in the final.[138] With Federer's withdrawal from the Paris Masters, Djokovic was guaranteed to regain his world No. 1 ranking.[139]On 12 November 2012, Djokovic won the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals by defeating Federer in the final.[140][141][142] Because of his achievements in the 2012 season, Djokovic was named the 2012 ITF World Champion in men's singles by the International Tennis Federation.[143]

2013: Sixth Grand Slam title and 100 weeks at No. 1[edit]

Main article: 2013 Novak Djokovic tennis season
Djokovic began the 2013 season by defeating Murray in the final of the 2013 Australian Open to win a record third consecutive Australian Open trophy and the sixth Grand Slam of his career.[144] A week later, he participated in a Davis Cup match against Belgium, where he defeated Olivier Rochus in straight sets to give the Serbian team a 2–0 lead.[145]
On 2 March 2013, Djokovic won the thirty-sixth professional single's title of his career by defeating Tomáš Berdych in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships.[146] Another solid week of tennis saw Djokovic reach the semi-finals at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, before losing to del Potro, bringing an end to his twenty-two match winning streak.[147] The following week, Djokovic went into the Miami Masters as defending champion, but lost in the fourth round to Tommy Haas in straight sets.[148]
In April, Djokovic played for Serbia as the country faced the United States in the Davis Cup quarter-finals. Djokovic clinched the tie for his team by defeating John Isner and Sam Querrey.[149][150] Later that month, he defeated eight-time champion Nadal in straight sets in the final of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters to clinch his first title in Monte Carlo.[151]In May, he was defeated by Grigor Dimitrov in three sets in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open in Madrid.[152] The following week, he lost to Berdych at the quarter-final stage of the Rome Masters.[153]
Djokovic began his French Open campaign with a straight three sets win over David Goffin in the first round and also defeated Guido Pella in straight sets in the second round. In the third round, Djokovic defeated Dimitrov in three sets.[154] In the fourth round he came back from a set down and defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in four sets[155]and in the process he had reached a 16th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final. Djokovic then lost to Nadal in the semi-final in five sets.[156]
In the finals of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, Djokovic lost to Murray in straight sets. At the Rogers Cup, he lost to Nadal in the semi-final in three sets. Later, Djokovic lost to Isner in the quarter-finals in Cincinnati. Djokovic went on to reach the US Open final, where he met Nadal for the 37th time in his career (a new open era record). He went on to lose in four sets.[157] In early October, Djokovic collected his fourth Beijing title by defeating Nadal in the final in straight sets. He also collected his second Shanghai Rolex Masters title, extending his winning streak to 20–0 over the last 2 seasons at the hard court Asian swing of the tour.[158] Djokovic won his 16 Masters 1000 title in Paris at the end of the season, beating David Ferrer in the final.[159] At the 2013 ATP World Tour Finals Djokovic retained the trophy, beating Nadal in straight sets.[160]

2014: Second Wimbledon title & return to No. 1[edit]

Main article: 2014 Novak Djokovic tennis season
Djokovic began the year with a warmup tournament win, the 2013 Mubadala World Tennis Championship. At the Australian Open, he won his first four matches in straight sets, against Lukáš LackoLeonardo MayerDenis Istomin and number 15 seed Fabio Fognini respectively. He met Wawrinka in the quarterfinals of the tournament, the second consecutive year the two had met at the event. Despite coming back from two sets to one down, Djokovic fell 9–7 in the fifth set, ending his 25–match winning streak in Melbourne, as well as his streak of 14 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals.[161] The week of 27 January marked the first time since 2011 that Djokovic has not been a Grand Slam title holder.
Djokovic also would play in the Dubai Tennis Championships but lost to eventual champion Roger Federer in the semifinals. However, Djokovic would avenge his loss to Federer, winning his third Indian Wells Masters title, beating Federer in the final. Continuing his good run, he beat world No. 1 Nadal in the final of the Miami Masters in straight sets.[162]Suffering from a wrist injury which hampered him throughout the Monte-Carlo Masters, Djokovic lost the semifinals to Federer in straight sets. After returning from injury, Djokovic won his third Rome title by beating Nadal in the final of the Italian Open.[163] He subsequently donated the $500,000 in prize money that he had received to the victims of the2014 Southeast Europe floods.[164]
Djokovic reached the final of the French Open losing only two sets in six matches, but lost in the final to Nadal in four sets. It was Djokovic's first defeat in the last 5 matches between both. At the Wimbledon Championships Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the final in five sets. With this victory he replaced Rafael Nadal again as the world number one.[165] Djokovic played at the Rogers Cup, losing to eventual first-time champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.[166] He followed that with a loss to Tommy Robredo at the Cincinnati Masters. At the US Open, Djokovic reached the semifinals, where he lost in four sets to Kei Nishikori.[167]
Djokovic returned to Beijing with a fifth trophy in 6 years, defeating Murray in the semifinal and Berdych in the final.[168] He was beaten by Federer in semis of Shanghai Mastersnext week. He then won Paris Bercy masters title, without losing a single set, beating Raonic in the final.
In the world tour finals, Djokovic created a record by winning three round robin matches with a loss of just 9 games. By reaching the semis, he also secured the year-end number 1 ranking for the third time, tying him with Nadal at fifth position. He was awarded the World Tour Finals trophy after Federer withdrew before the finals.[169] This marked the 7th title of the season for him and the 4th title at the World Tour Finals.

2015: Fifth Australian Open title and 50th career title[edit]

Main article: 2015 Novak Djokovic tennis season
Djokovic began the season at the Qatar Open in Doha, where he won his first two rounds for the loss of just 6 games, however lost in the quarterfinals against Ivo Karlović in three tight sets. He rebounded from this defeat well at the Australian Open, where he made it through the first five rounds without dropping a set. In the semifinals he faced defending champion Stan Wawrinka, the man who beat him the previous year. He twice lost a set lead, however came roaring back in the fifth to take it to love, and set up a third final against Andy Murray. After splitting the first two sets in tiebreakers, Djokovic suddenly found his form after dropping his serve at the start of the third set, going on to win 12 of the last 13 games to record a four set victory over the Scot, and win an Open Era record-breaking fifth title in Melbourne, overtaking Roger Federer and Andre Agassi.[170]Additionally he moved into equal eighth on the all-time list of men with the most Major titles, tying Agassi, Ivan LendlJimmy ConnorsKen Rosewall and Fred Perry.[171]
He next competed at the Dubai Tennis Championships and lost to Roger Federer in the final.[172] After 2 weeks, Djokovic defeated John Isner and Andy Murray en route to his 21st Masters 1000 title, beating Federer in three sets in Indian Wells.[173] In Miami, he defeated David Ferrer and John Isner en route to winning his fifth title defeating Andy Murray in three sets. With his 22nd Masters title, Djokovic became the first player to complete the Indian Wells – Miami title sweep three times.[174][175] In April, Djokovic clinched his second Monte-Carlo Masters by beating Tomas Berdych in the final.[176] Djokovic withdrew from the 2015 Madrid Masters.[177] He won the title for the fourth time at the Rome Masters, making it 4 out of 4 titles in Masters 1000 events entered by Djokovic in 2015.
He continued his good form on clay at the French Open, by reaching the final without dropping a set in the first five rounds, including a quarterfinal clash with Rafaël and a five set semifinal victory over 3rd seed Andy Murray which took two days to complete. This meant he became only the second man to have won against Nadal at the French Open. However, he lost the next match and the tournament to No. 8 seed Stan Wawrinka in four sets, after having prevailed in the first set and being up a break in the fourth set and up 40-0 on Wawrinka's serve in a subsequent game. He lost six of the final seven games of the match. With this loss, Djokovic was denied his first victory at the French Open and a personal career Grand Slam.[178]


See also: Big Four (tennis)

Djokovic vs. Nadal[edit]

Main article: Djokovic–Nadal rivalry
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal during the 2011 US Open final
Djokovic and Nadal have met 44 times, an Open Era record for head-to-head meetings between players,[179] with Nadal having a 23–21 advantage.[180][181] Nadal leads on grass 2–1 and clay 14–6, but Djokovic leads on hard courts 14–7.[181] This rivalry is listed as the third greatest rivalry in the last decade by[182] Djokovic is the first player to have at least ten match wins against Nadal and the only person to defeat Nadal seven times consecutively.[183] The two share the record for the longest Australian Open and Grand Slam final match ever played (5 hours and 53 minutes), which was the 2012 Australian Open final.[184]
In the 2011 Wimbledon final, Djokovic won in four sets, which was his first victory over Nadal in a Major.[185] By doing so, he became the only person other than Federer to defeat Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament final. Djokovic also defeated Nadal in the 2011 US Open Final to capture his third major title of the year and fourth overall. By beating Nadal, Djokovic became the second player to defeat Nadal in more than one Grand Slam final (the other being Federer), and the first player to beat Nadal in a Slam final on a surface other than grass (Wawrinka beat Nadal in Australian open final in 2014). In 2012, Djokovic defeated Nadal in the Australian Open final which made Nadal the first player to lose in three consecutive Grand Slam finals.
At the 2012 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in April, Nadal finally beat Djokovic for the first time since November 2010. They had met in seven finals from January 2011 to January 2012, all of which Djokovic won. In the final at Monte Carlo, an in-form Nadal crushed Djokovic. Nadal again defeated Djokovic in the final of the Rome Masters tournament.
At the 2012 French Open, Djokovic faced Nadal in the final. For the second time in tennis history, two opposing tennis players played four consecutive Grand Slams Finals against each other. They also became the only players in history, except for Venus and Serena Williams, to have faced the same opponent in the finals of each of the four different Grand Slam events. Nadal eventually won in four sets after multiple rain delays that forced the final to be concluded on the following Monday afternoon.
In 2013, Djokovic defeated Nadal in straight sets in the final of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters to clinch his first title in Monte Carlo. This was his third clay win against Nadal. At the 2013 French Open semifinal, Nadal defeated Djokovic to up his record to 20–15 against Djokovic, and again at the 2013 Rogers Cup semi-final. On 9 September 2013, Djokovic lost to Nadal in the 2013 US Open finals in four sets.[186] In 2014, Djokovic defeated Nadal in 3 sets at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia Masters 1000 tournament in Rome to claim his 3rd title there.[187] At the 2014 French Open, they played in the final, with Djokovic attempting to capture the Career Grand Slam. Nadal won in four sets to capture the French Open for the ninth time.[188] At the 2015 French Open, Djokovic finally defeated nine-time champion and five-time consecutive defending champion at Roland Garros, thus ending Nadal's 39-match win streak at the French Open. He became only the second man in history to have defeated Nadal at the tournament (after Robin Soderling in 2009), and the first to do so in straight sets.[189]

Djokovic vs. Federer[edit]

Main article: Djokovic–Federer rivalry
Djokovic and Federer have met 39 times, with Federer leading 20–19. They split 1–1 on grass, 4–4 on clay, and on hard court Federer leads 15–14. Djokovic is the only player other than Nadal who has defeated Federer in consecutive Grand Slam tournament matches.[17] Federer ended Djokovic's 41-match winning start to the 2011 season at the 2011 French Open semifinals, which many consider to be a classic match.[190] However, he lost to Djokovic in the following year in straight sets.[191] Djokovic played Federer in his first Major final at the 2007 US Open and lost in three sets.[192]
Djokovic has the second-most wins against Federer (after Nadal). The two have met three times in Australian Open (in 2007, 2008, and 2011) which Federer won in straight sets in 2007 and Djokovic won in straight sets in the other 2. The two have met five years in a row at the US Open with Federer triumphant in their first three encounters while their last two meetings (in 2010 and 2011) were five-set matches in which Djokovic saved two match points before going on to win. On 6 July 2012, Djokovic lost to Federer in the Wimbledon semifinal.[193] On 12 November 2012, Djokovic won the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals by defeating Roger Federer in straight sets in the final.[194] The two met again during the finals of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships with Djokovic emerging victorious after a thrilling 5 set match and with the victory reclaiming the world number one spot from Nadal.[195] Federer withdrew from the 2014 ATP World Tour final and Djokovic successfully defended his title, the first walkover in a final in the tournament’s 45-year history.[196]

Djokovic vs. Murray[edit]

Main article: Djokovic–Murray rivalry
Djokovic and Andy Murray have met 27 times with Djokovic leading 19–8.[197] Djokovic leads 3–0 on clay, 16–6 on hard courts, and Murray leads 2–0 on grass. The two are almost exactly the same age, with Murray being only a week older than Djokovic. They went to training camp together, and Murray won the first match they ever played as teenagers. The pair have met 11 times in finals with Djokovic leading 6-5. Six of the finals were ATP Masters 1000 finals, with Murray winning the first three in straight sets, but Djokovic defeated Murray in the most recent three finals: first in straight sets, second and third in three sets. They have met in five Grand Slam Finals: The 2011 Australian Open, the 2012 US Open,[198] the 2013 Australian Open, the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, and the 2015 Australian Open. Djokovic has won in Australia three times,[199] but it was Murray who emerged as the victor at the US Open and Wimbledon.
Djokovic and Murray also played a nearly five-hour-long semifinal match in the 2012 Australian Open, which Djokovic won 7–5 in the fifth set after Murray led 2 sets to 1. Murray and Djokovic met again in 2012 at the London 2012 Olympic Games, with Murray winning in straight sets. Djokovic won their three most recent meetings, including a three set thriller at the final of the Shanghai Masters, in which Murray held five championship point opportunities in the second set; however, Djokovic saved each of them, forcing a deciding set.[200] He eventually prevailed to win his first Shanghai Masters title, ending Murray's 12–0 winning streak at the event. The two met in the final of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships on 7 July 2013, second seed Murray defeated Djokovic in straight sets, the first time since 2010 that Djokovic had failed to win a set in a Grand Slam match. Their most recent meeting was in the semi finals of the 2015 French Open, where Djokovic defeated Murray in five sets after Murray threatened a comeback from 2 sets down. Since the start of 2014, Djokovic has dominated this rivalry, having won the last 8 matches between the two, losing only five sets in the process.

Djokovic vs. Tsonga[edit]

Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have met 19 times with Djokovic leading 13–6.[201][202] Their first meeting was in the final of the 2008 Australian Open; Djokovic and Tsonga had defeated the top two players, Roger Federer[203] and Rafael Nadal[204] in their respective semi-finals in straight sets. Djokovic won this match in 4 sets to win his first Grand Slam singles title.[205] Tsonga then won their next four meetings, before Djokovic stopped the streak at Miami in 2009.
Their next meeting at a Grand Slam was again at the Australian Open, in the 2010 quarter-finals, exactly two years to the day since Djokovic defeated Tsonga to win his first Grand Slam singles title. However, this time it was Tsonga who prevailed, winning in five sets after Djokovic fell ill during the match.[206] It wouldn't be until another year-and-a-half until they met again, with the stakes even higher – in the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2011, with the winner advancing to his first Wimbledon final. It was their first meeting on grass, and Djokovic prevailed in four sets to advance to his first Wimbledon final,[207] and in the process ending the seven-and-a-half-year reign of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings. At the 2012 French Open, Djokovic and Tsonga met again in an important quarter-finals match, with Djokovic prevailing in five sets after more than four hours of play.[208]
They met again two months later at the Olympics, with Djokovic winning in straight sets in the quarter-finals.[209] They met in the final of the 2012 China Open, with Djokovic once again victorious in straight sets.[210] The pair were drawn in the same pool for the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals. Djokovic defeated Tsonga in his first (of three) round robin matches.[211] It was Djokovic's fifth win over Tsonga in 2012.
Their most recent Grand Slam meeting was in the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2014. Djokovic won in straight sets.[212] They met again at the Rogers Cup later in the year, but this time it would be Tsonga who would win the most lopsided match of their rivalry, with Djokovic winning just four games. Prior to this victory Tsonga had lost his last nine matches and 18 sets to Djokovic.[213]

Djokovic vs. Wawrinka[edit]

In this intriguing matchup, Djokovic leads 17–4, but the two have contested numerous entertaining matches, including four five-setters at Grand Slam level.[214] Wawrinka and Djokovic have played three consecutive Australian Open years, each match going to five sets, and a five-setter in the US Open: in the 2013 Australian Open fourth round, which Djokovic won 12–10 in a fifth set; at the 2013 US Open semifinals, which Djokovic won 6–4 in a fifth set; and at the 2014 Australian Open quarterfinals, which Wawrinka won 9–7 in a close fifth set. Wawrinka's win broke Djokovic's impressive run of 14 consecutive semifinals in Grand Slam play, ended a 28-match winning streak, and prevented Djokovic from capturing a record fifth Australian Open crown.[215] Djokovic got revenge in the 2015 Australian Open, winning 6-0 in the fifth set, but again it went the distance.[216] At the2015 French Open final, Wawrinka defeated Djokovic in four sets.

Place among the all-time greats[edit]

Andre Agassi considers that Federer, Nadal and Djokovic "may very well be the greatest three players to ever play tennis".[13] Rod Laver chose Djokovic as number 6 in his top ten male players of the Open Era.[10] International Business Times puts him in the seventh place in the men's greatest players of all-time list [217] He is "probably a top eight player in tennis history" according to Tim Henman.[11]
Djokovic is widely considered to be one of the greatest returners in the history of the sport,[218] an accolade given to him even by Andre Agassi, who was considered to be the best returner ever. Tennis pundits have classified many of Djokovic's matches as some of the greatest matches ever, with the 2012 Australian Open final being considered the greatest match ever seen,[219] as a testament to his greatness as a tennis player. Some long time analysts claim that the Djokovic-Nadal rivalry ranks as the best rivalry in tennis history primarily because of the quality of matches they produce.[220]

Playing style and equipment[edit]

Djokovic is an all-court player with emphasis on aggressive baseline play.[221] His groundstrokes from both wings are consistent, deep, and penetrating. His backhand is widely regarded as one of the best in today's game. His best shot is his backhand down the line, with great pace and precision. He is also known as one of the greatest movers on the court with superior agility, court coverage and defensive ability, which allows him to hit winners from seemingly defensive positions. After great technical difficulties during the 2009 season (coinciding with his switch to the Head racket series), his serve is one of his major weapons again, winning him many free points; his first serve is typically hit flat, while he prefers to slice and kick his second serves wide.[221]
Djokovic serving at the2013 French Open.
Djokovic's return of serve is a powerful weapon for him, with which he can be both offensive and defensive. Djokovic is rarely aced because of his flexibility, length and balance. Djokovic is highly efficient off both the forehand and backhand return, often getting the return in play deep with pace, neutralizing the advantage the server usually has in a point. John McEnroe considers Djokovic to be the greatest returner of serve in the history of the men's game. Occasionally, Djokovic employs a well-disguised backhand underspin drop shot and sliced backhand. His drop shots still tend to be a drawback when hit under pressure and without proper preparation.[222]
Djokovic commented on the modern style of play, including his own, in interview with Jim Courier after his semifinal win against Andy Murray in the2012 Australian Open tournament:[223]
I had a big privilege and honour to meet personally today Mr. Laver, and he is one of the biggest, and greatest players ever to play the game, thank you for staying this late, sir, thank you ... even though it would actually be better if we played a couple times serve and volley, but we don't know to play ... we are mostly around here [points to the area near the baseline], we are running, you know, around the baseline ...
—Novak Djokovic
Entering the pro circuit, Djokovic used the Head Liquidmetal Radical, but changed sponsors to Wilson in 2005. He couldn’t find a Wilson racquet he liked, so Wilson agreed to make him a custom racquet to match his previous one with Head.[224] After the 2008 season, Djokovic re-signed with Head, and debuted a new paint job of the Head YouTek Speed Pro at the 2009 Australian Open. He then switched to the Head YouTek IG Speed (18x20) paint job in 2011, and in 2013, he again updated his paint job to the Head Graphene Speed Pro, which included an extensive promotional campaign.[225] Djokovic uses a hybrid of Head Natural Gut (gauge 16) in the mains and Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power Rough (gauge 16L) in the crosses. He also uses Head Synthetic Leather Grip as a replacement grip.[226] In 2012, Djokovic appeared in a television commercial with Maria Sharapova promoting the use of Head rackets for many techniques such as golf and ten-pin bowling.[227]
After his 2011 victory in Montreal, tennis coach Nick Bollettieri stated that Djokovic is the most "complete" player of all time.[228] He has the backhand, forehand, serve, second serve, movement, mentality, and can play equally well on any surface. In assessing his 2011 season, Jimmy Connors said that Djokovic gives his opponents problems by playing "a little bit old-school, taking the ball earlier, catching the ball on the rise, (and) driving the ball flat." Connors adds that a lot of the topspin that Djokovic's opponents drive at him comes right into his zone, thus his ability to turn defense into offense well.[229]

Coaching and personal team[edit]

In the period 2004 and 2005, Djokovic was coached by Dejan Petrovic.[230] From fall 2005 until June 2006, he was coached by Riccardo Piatti who divided his time between the 18-year-old and Ivan Ljubičić. Player and coach reportedly parted ways over the latter's refusal to work full-time with Djokovic.[231]
Since June 2006, Djokovic has been coached by Slovakian former professional tennis player Marián Vajda. They met for the first time during that year's French Open, after which Vajda got hired to be the 19-year-old's coach. On occasion Djokovic employed additional coaches on part-time basis: in 2007, during the spring hardcourt season, he worked with Australian doubles ace Mark Woodforde with specific emphasis on volleys and net play while from August 2009 until April 2010 American Todd Martin joined the coaching team, a period marked by his ill-fated attempt to change Djokovic's serve motion.[232]
Since early 2007, Djokovic has been working with physiotherapist Miljan Amanović who was previously employed by Red Star Belgrade and NBA player Vladimir Radmanović.[233]
From the fall 2006, Djokovic had an Israeli fitness coach Ronen Bega, but the two parted ways during spring 2009[234] since Djokovic decided to make a change after identifying his conditioning as a weakness in his game following continual losses to Nadal.[235] In April 2009, ahead of the Rome Masters, Djokovic hired Austrian Gebhard Phil-Gritsch (formerly worked with Thomas Muster) to join the team in fitness coach capacity.[236][237]
In July 2010, before the Davis Cup clash away at Croatia, Djokovic made another addition to his team – nutritionist Igor Četojević who additionally focuses on Chinese medicine and does acupuncture.[238] He discovered the tennis player suffers from gluten intolerance and cannot eat gluten, purging it from his diet. It appeared to have worked as Djokovic began feeling stronger, quicker, and much more fit.[239] After Djokovic's Wimbledon win in July 2011, Četojević left the team.[240]
After retiring from professional tennis in August 2011, Serbian player Dušan Vemić joined Djokovic's team as assistant coach for Novak.[241]
6-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 Boris Becker then signed on with Djokovic, first coaching him at the 2014 Australian Open.

Sponsorships and business ventures[edit]

Djokovic endorses Serbian telecommunications company Telekom Srbija and German nutritional supplement brand FitLine.[242]
Since turning professional in 2003, Djokovic wore Adidas clothing and footwear. At the end of 2009, Djokovic signed a 10-year deal with the Italian clothing company Sergio Tacchini after Adidas refused to extend his clothing contract (choosing instead to sign Andy Murray).[243] Since Sergio Tacchini doesn't make shoes, he continued with Adidas as his choice of footwear. Djokovic's sponsorship contract with Tacchini was incentive heavy, and due to Djokovic's disproportionate success and dominance in 2011, the company fell behind on bonus payments, leading to the termination of the sponsorship contract.[244][245] From 2011, Djokovic began to wear custom Red and Blue Adidas Barricade 6.0's shoes, referring to the colours of the Serbian national flag. In April 2012, he was set to join forces with Nike, Inc.,[246] but instead, on 23 May 2012, Uniqlo appointed Djokovic as its global brand ambassador. The five-year sponsorship reportedly worth €8 million per year,[247] began on 27 May 2012 in Paris' Roland-Garros French Open Tennis Tournament.
Djokovic did television commercial spots and print ads for supermarket chain Idea, the Serbian arm of Croatian supermarket retailer Konzum as well as for rival Serbian supermarket chain DIS Trgovina.
In August 2011, Djokovic became the brand ambassador of Swiss watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet.[248] Less than a month later, Djokovic signed a sponsorship deal with German car company Mercedes-Benz.[249] In March 2012, Djokovic was announced by Bombardier Aerospace as its latest Learjet brand ambassador, thus joining the likes of actor and pilot John Travolta, architect Frank Gehry, maestro Valery Gergiev, and classical pianist Lang Lang.[250]
Since 2004, the business end of Djokovic's career has been handled by Israeli managers Amit Naor (former pro tennis player turned sports agent) and Allon Khakshouri, the duo that also had Marat Safin and Dinara Safina as their clients. In June 2008, after the duo entered into partnership with CAA Sports, the sports division of Hollywood talent firmCreative Artists Agency, meaning that the famous company started representing tennis players for the first time,[251] Djokovic formally signed with CAA Sports.[252] After Djokovic's contract with CAA Sports expired during summer 2012, he decided to switch representation, announcing IMG Worldwide as his new representatives in December 2012.[253]


In 2005, as Djokovic moved up the tennis rankings, he ventured into the business world. His family founded a legal entity in Serbia named Family Sport. Registered as a limited liability company, its initial focus was the restaurant business. The company's day-to-day operations are mostly handled by Novak's father Srdjan and uncle Goran expanded its activities into real estate, sports/entertainment event organization, and sports apparel distribution.[254]
The company opened theme cafés named Novak Café, as well as Novak Café & Restaurant in the Belgrade's municipality of Novi Beograd.
In February 2008, the company reached an agreement with local authorities in the city of Kragujevac about jointly entering into a real estate development deal that was to include 4 hectares of city-owned land at Veliki Park being developed into a tennis center with 14 courts. But by 2010 the company pulled out of these plans.[255][256]
In March 2008, Family Sport won a municipal authority-organized tender in Novi Beograd by submitting an €11 million bid for the 3.8 hectares of land located in Ivan Ribarneighbourhood;[257] with the ambitious plan to build a big tennis center there.[258][259][260] As of spring 2013, construction is yet to commence.
In 2009, the company managed to buy an ATP tournament known as the Dutch Open and bring it to Serbia where it became – Serbia Open. With the help of Belgrade city authorities, the tournament's inaugural edition was held during May 2009 at the city-owned 'Milan Gale Muškatirović' courts, located at an attractive spot in Dorćolneighbourhood.[261] In 2012, after four tournament editions, the company pulled out of the venture and Serbia Open ceased to exist.
On Monday, 4 July 2011, one day after Djokovic won Wimbledon, Family Sport organized the homecoming reception in front of the National Assembly building with more than 80,000 people gathering to greet him.[262][263]
It was announced in late 2012 that Djokovic had purchased the entire existing 2013 production of donkey cheese, which is produced by a single farm in Serbia. This was done to ensure a reliable supply for his chain of restaurants in Serbia.[264]

In popular culture[edit]

Owing to his extroverted personality, fluency in several languages, and willingness to go along with comedic concepts, Djokovic became a fixture on entertainment-based TV talk shows around the globe immediately upon achieving a measure of prominence via results on the tennis court.[265][266] After winning the Australian Open, his first major, in early 2008, Djokovic appeared on the American late-night programme The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[267][268] In May 2008, he was a special guest during the first semi-final of theEurovision Song Contest, held in Belgrade that year. He threw a big tennis ball into the crowd, announcing the start of the voting and together with one of the show's co-presenters, Željko Joksimović, Djokovic sang a song about Belgrade.[269]
Throughout late April and early May 2009, during ATP Master Series tournaments in Rome and Madrid, respectively, the Serb was a guest on the Fiorello Show hosted by Italian comedian Rosario Fiorello[270] followed by an appearance on Pablo Motos' show El Hormiguero.[271] During the week off, in-between the two tournaments, Djokovic came home to Belgrade where he was interviewed by Nenad Lj. Stefanović on the RTS' hour-long, one-on-one Serbian talk programme Svedok.[272] In 2009, and 2010, Djokovic won an Oscar of Popularity for the most popular male athlete in Serbia.[273]
Djokovic is also featured in the music video for the song "Hello" by Martin Solveig and Dragonette. The video, filmed at Stade Roland Garros, shows Solveig facing off against Bob Sinclar, another DJ, in a tennis match. When the referee calls a crucial ball "Out", Djokovic enters the arena and convinces the referee otherwise.[274] In 2010, the Serbian blues-rock band Zona B recorded the song "The Joker", dedicating it to Djokovic.[275][276]
Djokovic's international television appearances particularly intensified during his successful 2011 season. After winning Wimbledon and reaching the number one spot on the ATP list, he again appeared on Leno's Tonight Show as well as on Conan O'Brien's show on TBS.[277] Djokovic's dramatic win at the US Open was followed by another television blitz including spots on Live with Regis and KellyCBSThe Early ShowNBC's Today as well as a walk-on appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.[278] On 25 June 2011, its seventieth Congress in Chicago, all the members unanimously awarded Djokovic the Order of Serbian National Defense in America I class, the highest decoration of the SND. The order was given to him because of his merits in the international sport scene and his contributions to the reputation of Serbs and Serbia around the world.[279] In mid-November 2011, he made a triumphant return to Rai 1's Il più grande spettacolo dopo il weekend, hosted by Fiorello.[280] In late November during the ATP World Tour Finals in London he was a guest on David Frost's interview programme Frost Over The World on Al Jazeera English.[281]
He was voted the 19th most influential man on's Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2011.[282] On invitation from film producer Avi Lerner, Djokovic became part of the high-budget Hollywood movie production The Expendables 2 in a cameo playing himself,[283] which he shot on 29 November 2011 in a warehouse in the Bulgarian capital ofSofia.[284] However, his bit part was cut out of the final version of the movie.[285] He appeared on the cover of Italian GQ's March 2012 issue.[286] Also, in March he was profiled on the CBS show 60 Minutes by their correspondent Bob Simon. He was named amongst the 100 most influential people of 2012 by TIME magazine.[287] On 26 October 2012, he appeared on Canal+'s Le Grand Journal.[288]
Djokovic is also very popular on video sharing sites due to his famous imitations of other tennis players such as Maria SharapovaRafael NadalSerena Williams and Ana Ivanovic.[289]

Career statistics[edit]

Main article: Novak Djokovic career statistics
From the 2010 Davis Cup finals to the 2011 French Open, Djokovic had a 43-match win streak, placing him behind Guillermo Vilas (46 matches in 1977) and Ivan Lendl (44 matches in 1981/1982) on the all-time list.[290][291] He won 41 straight matches from the start of 2011 until the French Open semi-finals,[291] second only to John McEnroe's record (he started 42–0 in 1984).[292]
Novak Djokovic is one of only four players (besides David NalbandianAndy Murray, and Rafael Nadal) to beat Roger Federer three times in one calendar year, and one of only two players (Juan Martin Del Potro being the other) to beat both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam in consecutive matches. He is the only player who can claim to have beaten both Federer and Nadal in the same tournament on 3 different occasions (Montreal 2007, Indian Wells 2011, US Open 2011).[293]
Djokovic is also the youngest player in the Open Era to defeat the top three players in succession and he achieved this when he defeated world number three Andy Roddick, world number two Nadal, and World number one Federer in the 2007 Rogers Cup. He is one of only two players to have defeated Federer at the semifinal stage or later on more than one occasion in Grand Slam tournaments, and also at consecutive tournaments (the other being Nadal). Nadal and Djokovic are also the only players to beat Federer in straight sets in a Grand Slam on more than one occasion, something which Djokovic has done three times and Nadal twice.
His five Masters titles in 2011 are a season record, tied with Nadal in 2013.[294]

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline[edit]

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
Tournament20052006200720082009201020112012201320142015SRW–LWin %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open1R1R4RWQFQFWWWQFW5 / 1150–689.29
French Open2RQFSFSF3RQFSFFSFFF0 / 1148–1181.36
Wimbledon3R4RSF2RQFSFWSFFW2 / 1045–884.91
US Open3R3RFSFSFFWFFSF1 / 1050–984.75
Win–Loss5–49–419–418–315–419–425–124–324–322–313–18 / 42193–3485.02
Finals: 16 (8 titles, 8 runners-up)
Runner-up2007US OpenHardSwitzerland Roger Federer6–7(4–7), 6–7(2–7), 4–6
Winner2008Australian OpenHardFrance Jo-Wilfried Tsonga4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 7–6(7–2)
Runner-up2010US Open (2)HardSpain Rafael Nadal4–6, 7–5, 4–6, 2–6
Winner2011Australian Open (2)HardUnited Kingdom Andy Murray6–4, 6–2, 6–3
Winner2011WimbledonGrassSpain Rafael Nadal6–4, 6–1, 1–6, 6–3
Winner2011US OpenHardSpain Rafael Nadal6–2, 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 6–1
Winner2012Australian Open (3)HardSpain Rafael Nadal5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5
Runner-up2012French OpenClaySpain Rafael Nadal4–6, 3–6, 6–2, 5–7
Runner-up2012US Open (3)HardUnited Kingdom Andy Murray6–7(10–12), 5–7, 6–2, 6–3, 2–6
Winner2013Australian Open (4)HardUnited Kingdom Andy Murray6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–3), 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up2013WimbledonGrassUnited Kingdom Andy Murray4–6, 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up2013US Open (4)HardSpain Rafael Nadal2–6, 6–3, 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up2014French Open (2)ClaySpain Rafael Nadal6–3, 5–7, 2–6, 4–6
Winner2014Wimbledon (2)GrassSwitzerland Roger Federer6–7(7–9), 6–4, 7–6(7–4), 5–7, 6–4
Winner2015Australian Open (5)HardUnited Kingdom Andy Murray7–6(7–5), 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up2015French Open (3)ClaySwitzerland Stan Wawrinka6–4, 4–6, 3–6, 4–6

Year–End Championships performance timeline[edit]

Tournament2003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015SRW–LWin %
Year-End Championship Tournaments
Finals: 4 (4 titles)
OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfaceOpponent in the finalScore in the final
Winner2008ShanghaiHard (i)Russia Nikolay Davydenko6–1, 7–5
Winner2012LondonHard (i)Switzerland Roger Federer7–6(8–6), 7–5
Winner2013LondonHard (i)Spain Rafael Nadal6–3, 6–4
Winner2014LondonHard (i)Switzerland Roger FedererWalkover


  • These records were attained in the Open Era of tennis and in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series since 1990.
  • Records in bold indicate peer-less achievements.
  • Records in italics are currently active streaks.

Awards and honours[edit]

List of awards[edit]

  • Best Male Tennis Player in Serbia (9): 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014[300]
  • DSL Sport Golden Badge (3): 2007, 2010, 2011[301]
  • Best Sportsman by OCS (5): 2007, 2010, 2011,[302] 2013, 2014
  • BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year (1): 2011[303]
  • GQ ACE of the Year (1): 2011[304]
  • AIPS Athletes of the Year (1): 2011[305]
  • AIPS Europe Athletes of the Year – Frank Taylor Trophy (2): 2011, 2012[306]
  • Golden Bagel Award (4): 2011, 2012, 2013[307]
  • The 'Prix Bourgeon' Award (1): 2007[308]
  • ATP Most Improved Player of the Year (2): 2006, 2007[309]
  • ATP Player of the Year (3): 2011,[310] 2012,[311] 2014
  • Best Grand Slam / Davis Cup / Olympic Match of the Year (4): 2011[g],[312] 2012 [h],[313] 2013[i],[314] 2014[j]
  • Best ATP World Tour Match of the Year (3): 2011[k],[312] 2012[l],[313] 2013[m][314]
  • ITF World Champion (4): 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014[120]
  • US Sports Academy Male Athlete of the Year (2): 2011,[315] 2014[316]
  • Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year (2): 2012,[317] 2015
  • Best Male Tennis Player ESPY Award (1): 2012, 2013[318]
  • US Open Series Champion (1): 2012
  • Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year (1): 2012
  • Person of the Year in region by Večernji list BiH (1): 2014
  • May Award by Serbia Sport Association[319]
  • Award Pride of the Nation by Serbia Tennis Federation[320]
  • Davis Cup Commitment Award[321]

Orders and special awards[edit]

  • Order of St. Sava (by IrinejSerbian Patriarch)[43]
  • Order of the Karađorđe's Star (by Boris TadićPresident of Serbia)[322]
  • Vermillion Medal for Physical Education and Sports (by Albert II, Prince of Monaco)[323]
  • The Centrepoint Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award (by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge)
  • Order of the Republika Srpska (by Milorad DodikPresident of the Republika Srpska)[324]
  • Honorary Citizen / Key to the City of Zvečan,[325] Banja Luka[326] and Andrićgrad[327]

See also[edit]

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  1. Jump up^ See[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]
  2. Jump up^ The final took 5 hours, 53 minutes to complete.[295]
  3. Jump up^ The final took 4 hours, 54 minutes to complete.[297]
  4. Jump up^ Known as "Tennis Masters Cup" (2000–2008) and "ATP World Tour Finals" (2009–present).
  5. Jump up^ The match took 4 hours, 3 minutes to complete.[298]
  6. Jump up^ Djokovic proceeded to defeat Nadal at the 2011 US Open and 2012 Australian Open, where their rankings were by then reversed.
  7. Jump up^ US Open semifinal def. Roger Federer 6–7(7), 4–6, 6–3, 6–2, 7–5
  8. Jump up^ Australian Open final def. Rafael Nadal 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5), 7–5
  9. Jump up^ French Open semifinal def. by Rafael Nadal 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 6–7(3), 7–9
  10. Jump up^ Wimbledon final def. Roger Federer 6–7(7–9), 6–4, 7–6(7–4), 5–7, 6–4
  11. Jump up^ Rome semifinal def. Andy Murray 6–1, 3–6, 7–6(2)
  12. Jump up^ Shanghai final def. Andy Murray 5–7, 7–6(11), 6–3
  13. Jump up^ Montreal semifinal def. by Rafael Nadal 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(2)