Novak Djokovic (Serbian: Новак Ђоковић, Novak Đoković pronounced nɔvɑk ˈdʑɔːkɔvitɕlisten); born 22 May 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player, who is ranked World No. 2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals
He has won two Grand Slam singles titles, the 2008 and 2011 Australian Open championships, becoming the first player representing Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title and the youngest player in the open era to have reached the semi-finals of all four Grand Slam events. He is also the youngest player in the Open Era to defeat the top 3 players in succession. It was recently reported on the Tennis Channel that Djokovic has the record for being World Number 3. in both total and consecutive weeks. He is also one of only four players (Nalbandian, Murray, and Nadal being the other 3) to beat Roger Federer 3 times in one calendar year.
He is one of only two players to have defeated Roger Federer at the semifinal stage or later multiple times in Grand Slam tournaments, and also at consecutive tournaments (the other being Rafael Nadal). He was also the runner-up at the 2007 and 2010 US Open tournaments (to Federer and Nadal, respectively), and a bronze medalist representing Serbia at the 2008 Olympic Games. In addition, Djokovic won the Tennis Masters Cup in 2008 and has won six Masters Series tournaments. In 2010, he led Serbia to win the Davis Cup. Djokovic finished the ATP Tour as World No. 3 for four consecutive years between 2007 and 2010 (behind Nadal and Federer). Djokovic's highest ranking to date is World No. 2, achieved in February 2010.
He is a double winner of the award The Best Sportperson of Serbia and award for The Best Sportsman by Olympic Committee of Serbia.
* 1 Biography
* 2 Tennis career
o 2.1 Early career
o 2.2 2006
o 2.3 2007
o 2.4 2008
o 2.5 2009
o 2.6 2010
o 2.7 2011
o 2.8 Davis Cup
o 2.9 Rivalries
* 3 Playing style and equipment
* 4 Grand Slams
o 4.1 Grand Slam performance timeline
o 4.2 Grand Slam Finals
+ 4.2.1 Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)
* 5 Career statistics
* 6 In popular culture
* 7 See also
* 8 References
* 9 External links
Novak Đoković was born in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia, on 22 May 1987 to parents, Srđan and Dijana Đoković. His two younger brothers, Đorđe and Marko, are also tennis players with professional aspirations. He has been in a relationship with fellow Serb and Belgrade native, Jelena Ristic for the past five years
He started playing tennis at the age of four, and was spotted by Yugoslav tennis legend Jelena Genčić at the age of eight, who stated: "This is the greatest talent I have seen since Monica Seles. At 12 years old, he spent three months at Nikola Pilić's tennis academy in Munich, Germany, and at age 14, his international career began, winning European championships in singles, doubles, and team competition He currently resides in Monte Carlo, Monaco and has been coached by a former Slovak tennis player, Marián Vajda; in August 2009 he also began working with former US top-five player Todd Marti
Đoković is also known for his often humorous off-court impersonations of his fellow players, many of whom are his friends. This became evident to the tennis world after his 2007 US Open quarterfinal win over Carlos Moyà, where he entertained the audience with impersonations of Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova He also did an impression of American tennis great John McEnroe after his final preliminary game at the 2009 Open, before playing a brief game with McEnroe, much to the delight of the audience.