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Career Highlights of Novak Djokovic
Dec 01, 2014 Author: Shanghai Rolex Masters ATP1000

2013 -- The Belgrade native finished in Top 3 for 7th year in a row, 1st time at No. 2, winning 7 titles in 9 finals (2nd-most in career). Finished season with 24-match winning streak. Ranked No. 1 for most of year until Nadal took over top spot on Oct. 7, ending streak of 48 weeks. Overall has ranked No. 1 a total of 101 weeks in his career…Closed season with 4 titles in a row, winning back-to-back weeks in China and extending his Chinese winning streak to 20 matches by repeating in Beijing (d. Nadal) and ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (d. del Potro in 3 sets). Then won his 16th career ATP Masters 1000 title in Paris (d. Ferrer) and repeated at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London (d. Nadal) without losing a match for 2nd straight year…

 

For 3rd year in a row, reached 3 Grand Slam finals (24-3 record), highlighted by winning his 6th major trophy at Australian Open after beating No. 3 Murray in 4 sets in final. Became first player in Open Era to win 3 straight Aussie Open titles and first to accomplish feat since Roy Emerson won 5 in a row from 1963-67. It was also his 4th overall title at Melbourne Park, joining Agassi and Federer as a 4-time winner…In 4R, needed 5h2m to beat Wawrinka 12-10 in the 5th set in 4th-longest match at Australian Open since 1968 (longest Grand Slam singles match of year)…Also runner-up at Wimbledon (l. to Murray) after beating del Potro in 5 sets in SF in 4h43m, which marked longest SF in tournament history…In final Grand Slam, reached 4th straight US Open final and 5th overall (1-4), falling to Nadal in 4 sets. He was 1st player to reach 4 US Open finals in a row since Federer advanced to 6 straight from 2004-09. Going into ‘14, has reached final in 10 of past 13 Grand Slam events (5-5 record)…

 

Leading into US Open, lost in SF at ATP Masters 1000 tournaments in Montréal (l. to Nadal in 3rd set TB) and QF in Cincinnati (l. to Isner in 3 sets)…On June 1, became 40th player in ATP World Tour history to record 500 match wins after he beat No. 26 seed Dimitrov in 3R at Roland Garros. In SF vs. Nadal, squandered a 4-2 lead in 5th set, losing 9-7. Has reached 14 straight Grand Slam SF going into ‘14, which is 2nd-best all-time behind Federer (23)…Helped Serbia to Davis Cup final with 7-0 singles record. Beat Belgian O. Rochus in 1R tie and posted wins over Americans Isner, Querrey in QF tie. In SF vs. Canada, won both matches and in final, beat Stepanek and Berdych in 3-2 loss…Did not drop a set en route to his 4th Dubai title, extended winning streak to 18 matches since last loss on October 31, ‘12. Then fell in SF at Indian Wells (l. to del Potro), ending his 17-0 start on season (22 in row back to ’12 London)…In April, won first Monte-Carlo title, beating 8-time reigning champion Nadal to snap Spaniard’s 46-match win streak at tournament. Became 1st player to win three clay-court finals against Nadal…

Compiled records of 53-5 on hard, 15-3 on clay, 6-1 on grass (17-0 indoors) and 22-10 in TB. Went 24-6 vs. Top 10 opponents and earned a career-high $12,447,947, his 3rd year in a row over $12 million. No. 1 in 2nd serve pts. won (60%)…

 

2012 -- The Belgrade native finished No. 1 for 2nd year in a row, earning 6 titles in 11 finals while posting 75 match wins (2nd-most in his career). 1st player to finish No. 1 in back-to-back seasons since Federer from 2004-07...Joins Federer (5 times) and Nadal (twice) to finish No. 1 at least twice since 2004...Compiled most match wins in Grand Slam (24-3) and ATP Masters 1000 play (34-6 record). Went 4-1 in 5-set matches
and 16-3 in decisive sets. Overall reached SF or better in 15 of 17 tournaments...

 

Three of his titles were repeat efforts from 2011 – Australian Open (d. Nadal in record 5h53m marathon), his 5th Grand Slam crown, and ATP Masters 1000 events in Miami and Toronto...Also won back-to-back Asian titles in Beijing (d. Tsonga) and ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (d. Murray, saving 5 MPs). Closed season by going undefeated (5-0) and winning Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London (d. del Potro in SF, Federer in F)...Reached SF at Wimbledon for 3rd year in a row (l. to Federer) and afterwards lost No. 1 after holding top spot for 53 consecutive weeks (from July 4, 2011 to July 8, 2012). Federer regained No. 1 after his Wimbledon title (held for 17 weeks) before Serb took it back on Nov. 5...

 

Lost in bronze medal match at London Olympics (l. to del Potro) on Aug. 5. Also lost to Murray in SF (left with 45-9 record). Rest of year won 30 of 33 matches, reaching 5 straight finals, including US Open (l. to Murray in 5 sets)...Had most wins on hard courts (50-5) and vs. Top 10 opponents (24-10). Played well on clay with a 16-4 record, reaching finals at ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo, Rome and 1st at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal in each). Had chance to win 4 Slam titles in a row but lost in Monday final in 4 sets...

 

Ranked in Top 2 in all 4 return of serve categories – No. 1 in pts. won returning 1st serve (38%), pts. won returning 2nd serve (56%) and No. 2 in return games won (35%), break pts. converted (46%). No. 5 in service games won (87%) and 2nd serve pts. won (56%)...Earned an all-time high $12,803,757, his 2nd straight year over $12 million... 

 

2011 -- The Serb finished as World No. 1, winning a career-best 10 titles in 11 finals en route to a 70-6 match record...Won 3 Grand Slam and a record 5 ATP Masters 1000 titles and 1st player with at least 10 titles in a season since Federer (12) in ‘06...He is 1st player other than Federer or Nadal to finish No. 1 since Roddick in 2003...In finals, recorded 6 wins over rival Nadal…Of his 10 titles during season, 9 came over Top 10 opponents...

 

Overall he was 21-4 vs. Top 10 foes (last year went 4-8), 1st player with 20 Top 10 wins since Ivan Lendl (22) in 1985...He became only 3rd player (since 1990) to win 30-more ATP World Tour Masters 1000 matches in a season as he compiled a 31-1 match record...He won his 1st 7 tournaments (Australian Open, Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami, Belgrade, Madrid, Rome) and compiled a 41-match winning streak (43 going back to 2010 Davis Cup final) before run ended with SF loss to Federer at Roland Garros…It was best streak to begin a season since John McEnroe’s 42 in 1984...

 

He then reeled off next 16 straight wins with 1st Wimbledon crown (d. Nadal), afterwards becoming No. 1 for 1st time on July 4, and ATP Masters 1000 Montréal title (d. Fish) before retiring in ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati final (vs. Murray) with right shoulder injury...Was 1st player to win title in World No. 1 tournament debut since Pete Sampras in April 1993 in Hong Kong...In final Grand Slam tournament at US Open, saved 2 MPs in 5-set SF win over Federer and followed with 4-set win over Nadal to earn his 4th career Grand Slam title...Finished 6-4 after US Open…Played in Davis Cup SF vs Argentina and retired in 2nd set vs. del Potro with a back injury…

 

Withdrew from 2 Asian tournaments before returning week of Oct. 31 in Basel where he reached
SF (l. to Nishikori)…Withdrew from Paris QF dues to shoulder injury and went 1-2 in round robin play at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London...Led ATP World Tour with 13 bagel sets won during season…Led Ricoh ATP Match Facts in return games won (39%), points won returning 2nd serve (58%), and No. 2 in break points converted (48%) and points won returning first serve (36%)...Set an all-time men’s record in season prize money with $12,619,803...

 

2010 -- The Serb compiled another consistent year, finishing No. 3 for fourth year in a row, winning two ATP World Tour titles, reaching QFs or better in all four Grand Slam tournaments for first time in a season, including a final, while leading his country to Davis Cup title (d. France 3-2) for first time while going 7-0 in singles play…Also ranked No. 2 for 26 weeks during season…

 

Opened first month with QF at Australian Open (l. to Tsonga in five sets) and then went to No. 2 on Feb. 1…In February, reached SF in Rotterdam (l. to Youzhny) and then two weeks later in Dubai he successfully defended an ATP World Tour title for first time in his career, beating Youzhny in a rain-delayed final…He became second player in tournament history (since ‘93) to win back-to-back titles…In early March, he helped Serbia reach Davis Cup World Group QF by beating Americans Querrey (four sets) and Isner (five sets) in a 3-2 win in Belgrade…At Indian Wells*, his nine-match winning streak came to an end with 4th RD loss to eventual champion Ljubicic…Then lost his opening round match (after a bye) in Miami* to O. Rochus in three sets…

 

During clay court circuit, lost to Verdasco in SF in Monte-Carlo* and QF in Rome*…At his hometown tournament in Belgrade, reached QF but retired due to illness and allergies after losing first set to wild card Krajinovic…Pulled out of Madrid* following week due to illness…At Roland Garros, fell to Melzer in five sets in QF after holding a two-set lead…In June at Queen's Club in London, lost to Malisse in 3rd RD but won doubles title (w/Erlich)…Went on to reach SF at Wimbledon for second time (’07) but fell short against Berdych…Participated in latest finish at All England Club in his 1st RD match against O. Rochus, which ended at 10:59 p.m. under roof and lights on Centre Court…Afterwards, returned to No. 2 and was there for six weeks…One week later, he helped Serbia reach its first Davis Cup SF with a win over Croatia, defeating Ljubicic and Cilic in straight sets…In mid-August in Toronto*, lost to Federer in three sets in SF…

 

Afterwards slipped to No. 3 on August 16 before returning to No. 2 on Sept. 13 after his US Open runner-up effort…It was his second final at Flushing Meadows (‘07) and en route he beat countryman Troicki in a five-set 1st Rd. battle and then outlasted Federer in five sets in SFs, saving two match points…He lost to World No. 1 Nadal in four sets in a rain-delayed Monday final…One week later he led Serbia to a 3-2 Davis Cup SF victory over Czech Republic by winning in four sets over Berdych in fourth rubber…Tipsarevic won fifth and decisive rubber (d. Stepanek)…In October he defended his title in Beijing over Ferrer in a rain-delayed Monday final…Following week reached SF in Shanghai* (l. to Federer)…In back-to-back tournaments, reached final in Basel (l. to Federer in three sets) and 3rd RD in Paris* (l. to Llodra)…Was 43-12 on hard, 12-4 on clay and 6-2 on grass and went 4-8 vs. Top 10 foes...

 

2009 -- The Serb finished No. 3 for a third straight year highlighted by five ATP World Tour titles in a career-high 10 finals…He is first player to finish No. 3 for three straight years since Mats Wilander from 1985-87…Led ATP World Tour in matches played (97), matches won (78) and hard court matches won (53), all personal bests…He reached QFs or better in 19 of 22 tournaments, including nine of 10 after Roland Garros…He reached four finals in his last seven tournaments going back to mid-August in Cincinnati* and during that stretch he won 29 of 33 matches with his only losses to Federer (twice), Davydenko and Soderling…He capped off final week of regular season with title in Paris* where he defeated No. 10 Soderling in QF, No. 2 Nadal in SF and No. 16 Monfils in a third-set tie-break final…He was also runner-up in four other ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments (33-8 record in Masters 1000 events)…

 

In first month of action he advanced to SF in Sydney (l. to Nieminen) and followed with a QF at Australian Open where he retired vs. Roddick due to heat illness…He returned to action in Marseille and lost to eventual champion Tsonga in SF…He picked up his first ATP World Tour title of year on Feb. 28 in Dubai, defeating Ferrer…Then played in first round Davis Cup tie against ‘08 champion Spain and lost to Ferrer and World No. 1 Nadal…Came in as defending champion in Indian Wells and lost in QF to No. 7 Roddick…Followed with runner-up in Miami* where he defeated No. 2 Federer in SF before falling to No. 4 Murray…

 

He opened clay-court campaign by reaching final in Monte-Carlo* with three consecutive three-set wins before losing to Nadal in three sets…He continued his fine form by reaching final at Rome* where he beat Federer in SF before losing to Nadal…

 

Captured his hometown title at inaugural event in Belgrade, lucky loser Kubot to capture his second ATP World Tour title of season…Then advanced to SF in Madrid* where he lost to Nadal in a record four-hour and three-minute marathon (held three match points)…At Roland Garros, suffered his earliest loss in four years as he fell to Kohlschreiber in third round…On grass, reached final in Halle, saving five match points in 2nd RD win over Serra before losing to Haas in three sets…Also lost to Haas in four sets in QF at Wimbledon…

 

Returned after five-week break in Montreal*, where he lost to Roddick in QF…Followed with runner-up at Cincinnati*, defeating Nadal in SF before losing to Federer…Continued strong play at US Open, reaching SF (or better) for third straight year, falling to Federer for third time…Returned in October and captured title in Beijing (d. Cilic) and followed with SF at Shanghai* (l. to Davydenko…In November, he won back-to-back titles in Basel (d. Federer) and Paris* (d. Monfils)…In his SF win in Basel over Stepanek he saved three match points…Closed season by winning two of three round-robin matches at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London (d. Davydenko, Nadal, l. to Soderling)…He compiled a 15-12 record vs. Top 10 opponents during season, winning seven of past nine since US Open…Also had a 15-2 record indoors and was 53-11 on hard, 17-6 on clay and 8-2 on grass.

 

2008 -- The young Serb finished No. 3 for a second straight season...The last player to do that was Pete Sampras in 1999-2000...Captured four titles in six finals, winning Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai as well as his first Grand Slam crown at Australian Open (d. Federer in SF, Tsonga in F)...Only dropped one set during fortnight in Melbourne, that coming in final...In March, reached SF in Dubai (l. to Roddick) and followed with title at AMS Indian Wells (d. Nadal in SF, Fish in F)...

 

After a 17-4 start in first three months, played well on clay (16-3) with SF at AMS Monte Carlo (ret. to Federer), won title at AMS Rome (d. Wawrinka) and reached SF at AMS Hamburg and Roland Garros (l. to Nadal both times)...Had chance to move to No. 2 in last two tournaments with a win over Nadal...On grass, advanced to final at Queen's, losing to Nadal again, before losing in 2nd RD at Wimbledon to Safin...During summer hard court circuit, reached QF at AMS Toronto, final at AMS Cincinnati (l. to Murray both times), won bronze medal at Beijing Olympics (d. Blake) and advanced to SF at US Open (l. to Federer)...

 

Then helped his country back into '09 Davis Cup World Group with playoff win over Slovak Republic before reaching Bangkok final (l. to Tsonga)...In final two AMS tournaments, reached 3rd RD in Madrid (l. to Karlovic) and Paris (l. to Tsonga)...Qualified for second straight Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, defeating Davydenko for the title...Compiled records of 43-12 on hard, 16-3 on clay and 5-2 on grass...Earned a career-high $5.6 million.

 

2007 -- Finished as youngest player in Top 10 and compiled his best season by capturing a personal-high five ATP titles while reaching his first Grand Slam final...Also led his country into 2008 Davis Cup World Group by defeating Australia in a playoff tie...Compiled a 19-4 record in Grand Slam play (losing to Federer and Nadal twice each) and 24-7 mark in ATP Masters Series tournaments...Began season by earning his first title Down Under in Adelaide (d. Guccione) and followed with 4th RD at Australian Open (l. to Federer)...In March, reached his first AMS final in Indian Wells (l. to Nadal) and followed with title in Miami without dropping a set (d. Nadal in QF, Murray in SF, Canas in F)...Held serve 58 of 59 games throughout and afterwards went from 10 to No. 7 on Apr. 2...

 

On clay, picked up title in Estoril (d. Robredo in SF, Gasquet in F) and followed with QF in AMS Rome (l. to Nadal) and Hamburg (l. to Moya) and SF at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal)...On grass, continued success at Wimbledon where he advanced to SF (ret. vs. Nadal with toe blister)... Compiled an 8-2 tie-break mark in six matches...In August, collected his second ATP Masters Series shield in Montreal where he posted wins over No. 3 Roddick (QF), No. 2 Nadal (SF) and No. 1 Federer (F) to become first player to defeat World's Top 3 since Boris Becker in October 1994 in Stockholm...He also became first player to beat Federer and Nadal in same tournament while they were ranked No. 1 and 2...

 

Made his third appearance at US Open and advanced to his first Slam final, getting past Stepanek in a four hour, 41 minute five-set marathon in 2nd RD before not dropping a set in wins over Moya (QF) and Ferrer (SF)...In title match against Federer, had five first set points and two more in second set before losing each in a tie-break....After a short break, led his country into '08 Davis Cup World Group by posting straight-set wins over Australia's Peter Luczak and Chris Guccione...In October, collected his fifth title in Vienna (d. Wawrinka) and followed with SF at AMS Madrid (l. to Nalbandian)... Lost in opening round only three times in 21 tournaments during year...

 

Qualified for his first Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai and went 0-3 in round robin play...Also posted a 30-13 tie-break record, one of Top 5 marks on ATP circuit...Went 6-10 vs. Top 10 opponents and compiled marks of 43-12 on hard (second most wins behind Federer's 44), 18-5 on clay and 6-2 on grass...Fired a career-high 518 aces to rank No. 6 in Ricoh ATP MatchFacts.

 

2006 -- Captured two ATP titles in three finals and finished as youngest player in year-end Top 20...Also made breakthrough in Grand Slam play with a QF at Roland Garros...After 1st RD exit at Australian Open (l. to Goldstein), reached SF in Zagreb (l. to Ljubicic) and QF in Rotterdam (l. to Stepanek) in February, falling to eventual champions in both...Went 2-5 in ATP tournaments the next three months before turning around season at Roland Garros, compiling a 17-4 record in next five tournaments...Reached first career Grand Slam QF (ret. vs. Nadal) in Paris, then advanced to 4th RD on grass at Wimbledon (l. to Ancic)...In next tournament, won Amersfoort title in first ATP final (d. Massu)...Took a nine-match winning streak into his second consecutive ATP final appearance following week in Umag, retiring with respiratory problems, up 3-1 in first-set tie-break against Wawrinka...

 

Returned to hard courts and reached 3rd RD at US Open (l. to Hewitt)...Went 5-1 in Davis Cup play during year, losing only to Federer in World Group playoff tie in September...Followed with his second ATP title in Metz (d. Melzer) and advanced to his first ATP Masters Series QF in Madrid with wins over Gasquet and Murray (l. to Gonzalez)...Compiled marks of 17-9 on hard, 14-5 on clay, 5-2 on carpet and 4-2 on grass...Also led ATP circuit with a 19-5 tie-break record (best pct.)...Went 2-7 vs. Top 10 opponents, defeating No. 9 Gonzalez at Roland Garros and No. 8 Robredo at Wimbledon...

 

2005 -- The No. 1 player from Serbia finished as youngest player in Top 100 at 18 years, 5 months...Opened the season by making his Grand Slam debut as a qualifier at the Australian Open (l. to Safin)...In March, won a pair of Davis Cup matches against Zimbabwe, defeating Chidzikwe and Mahefu...In April, lost two Davis Cup matches against Belgium, falling to C. Rochus in five sets and Vliegen in four...

 

Qualified into Roland Garros and won first career Grand Slam match to reach 2nd RD, defeating Ginepri and taking the first set off Coria before retiring in the third set with breathing problems...Reached 3rd RD at Wimbledon as a qualifier, posting wins over Monaco in straight sets and Garcia-Lopez in five sets losing in four sets to Grosjean...Made ATP Masters Series debut as qualifier in Cincinnati (l. to Gonzalez)...Reached 3rd RD at US Open, winning in five sets over Monfils and four sets over Ancic before falling in five to Verdasco...Qualified into AMS Paris and reached 3rd RD with wins over Hanescu and Puerta (l. to Robredo)...

 

2004 -- Played two Futures events in February, reaching SF at one...Won dead rubber in April Davis Cup tie against Latvia (d. Skroderis)...Won Futures title at Szolnok, Hungary (d. Tkalec)...Won first career Challenger title two weeks later in Budapest (d. Bracciali)...Qualified into first career ATP event at Umag (l. to Volandri)...Won Futures event in Beograd (d. Cipolla)...Won first career ATP match over Clement as qualifier in Bucharest to reach 2nd RD (l. to Ferrer)...Late in season, won Aachen Challenger (d. Burgsmuller)...In doubles, claimed one Futures title and reached two Challengers SF...

 

2003 -- Won first career Futures title in third career event in Serbia & Montenegro (d. Ferrer-Victoria)...Also reached two Futures SF for 10-5 record...

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