Some individuals have reshaped the world of Sports for fans to enjoy with their immense talent and willingness to be better. Some names cannot be excluded when talking about the evolution of a particular sports game. This Serbian has written his name in the tennis hall of fame with consistent victories and records.
Today’s story is about Novak Djokovic, born on 22 May 1987 in Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia, to Srđan and Dijana Đoković, paternal Serbian maternal Croatian descent. As a young child, Djokovic was given a mini-racket and a soft foam ball by his parents, which his father claimed, became the most beloved toy in his life. Djokovic began playing tennis at the age of four, when his parents sent him to a tennis camp in Novi Sad, as his parents had not played any tennis in the past.
Despite showing great talent and ability in the tennis game, young Novak lost at the semi-finals of the 2004 junior Grand Slam tournaments despite showing signs of brilliance. Upon his entry to a professional tournament, his first tour-level tournament held at Umag in 2004, he lost to Filippo Volandri in the round of 32. He was defeated by eventual champion Marat Safin in the first round in straight sets, after defeating future rival Stan Wawrinka in qualifying U.S. open 2005.
Every champion has a story of defeat in their quest for greatness, but the ability to keep on going and making an effort make them stand out from the rest.
He began to make his mark 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 MoselleOpen in Metz, France, and moved into the top 20. He also reached his first career Masters quarterfinal at Madrid during the indoor hardcourt season. 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.
His Eureka moment finally arrived when he won his first Masters title in Miami by defeating Guillermo Cañas for the title in the final. He achieved another great feat in 2007 by defeating No. 3 Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals, No. 2 Nadal in the semi-finals, and No. 1 Federer in the final. This was the first time a player had defeated the top three ranked players in one tournament since Boris Becker in 1994. Djokovic won his fifth title of the year at the BA-CA Tennis Trophy in Vienna, defeating Stanislas Wawrinka in the final. He is the only player who has defeated Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
In the 2008 Grand Slam, Djokovic defeated unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets to earn his first Grand Slam singles title after becoming the youngest player to reach the semi-final. He has claimed more titles which has earned him a reputation as one of the great players to grace tennis. He is definitely a living legend.